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Fiscal Committee OK's Medicaid waiver to get matching funds
The waiver request, which is required as part of the Medicaid expansion program of the NH Health Protection Program, seeks federal matching funds for about $80 million a year in health-care services the state, counties and local governments currently provide and would have to continue to provide under the five-year period.
After a public comment period, the center and the state will begin negotiations over the plan, said Jeffrey Meyers, director of intergovernmental affairs for the Health and Human Services Department.In order to receive federal approval, the state has to show that the federal government would pay more than it would match the local programs dollar for dollar.
The proposal has been pushed by hospitals for the last few years.Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, asked Meyers and Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas if the hospitals had approached the department during the state comment period. They said the hospitals had not.
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