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Hassan's mess: Blaming Trump instead

August 14. 2017 10:27PM

You may not have noticed, but when Sen. Maggie Hassan was running for her current job, she was technically serving as governor of New Hampshire.

As Hassan was running for the Senate, the Obama administration informed her that the state’s expanded Medicaid program was running afoul of federal law. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP) had improperly relied on voluntary payments from hospitals to cover some of the non-federal share.

Hassan, and a bipartisan group of legislators, bragged that New Hampshire taxpayers wouldn’t be on the hook as the federal share of expanded Medicaid benefits dropped because hospitals would be covering those costs themselves. Hassan declined to inform the public, or the voters, that her signature legislative accomplishment was in danger of collapsing.

On Friday, Gov. Chris Sununu revealed that CMS has granted New Hampshire a reprieve through the end of 2018. The state must come up with another way to pay for the non-federal share of benefits, or the expanded Medicaid benefits go away.

Hassan is of course blaming the Trump administration for calling attention to her mistakes.

That would mean ever-escalating costs for New Hampshire taxpayers, or insurance customers, all to pay benefits for able-bodied adults who should have never been included in the Medicaid program in the first place.

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