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Executive Council approves Medicaid expansion contract
The contract with the two managed-care companies — N.H. Healthy Families and Well Sense — that administer the state’s Medicaid managed care program, sets the rates the state pays to the administrators and the rates the managed care companies pay medical providers for the 50,000 or more low-income adults who qualify for government-paid health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said the managed care companies are pushing for the council to act so they will know what their rates are.
“There is not a lot of new information,” Pappas said. “This is too important not to act today.”
Sununu said his hesitation has nothing to do with Medicaid expansion, noting that train has already left the station, and said to imply that is disingenuous.
“Our primary purpose in this state is to be a check and balance, and we rubber stamped this contract without reading it,” Sununu said after the meeting. “I don’t understand why (all the councilors were not) saying give us a couple of days.”
A bipartisan group of senators, including Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, devised the N.H. Health Protection Program that was approved this spring to use private commercial insurance available on the state’s electronic marketplace to provide coverage to the newly eligible.
The state initially estimated 50,000 poor adults would qualify, but Toumpas said Wednesday he now expects the newly eligible population to exceed that figure.
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