Medicaid Expansion en Medicaid Enrollment Jumps By 11,000, Stretching State Budget <p></p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n unexpected surge in Medicaid enrollments during the past six months is putting pressure on the state’s budget.</span></p><p>Medicaid has seen its enrollment jump by roughly 11,000 people since January 1. State officials attribute this to two main things: under the Affordable Care Act, there’s a streamlined application process, and that increased publicity surrounding the law brought out more applicants.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:08:03 +0000 Todd Bookman 51705 at Hassan Holds Medicaid Expansion Kick-Off Event <p>Enrollment in Medicaid for as many as 50,000 newly eligible residents opens tomorrow, with health benefits slated to start August 15<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Governor Maggie Hassan held a kick-off event on Monday at the Manchester Community Health Center, where she called the bi-partisan deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program the most significant health care legislation in decades.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:47:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 51093 at Hassan Holds Medicaid Expansion Kick-Off Event Medicaid Expansion Coverage To Start August 15th <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion program finally has a launch date. Coverage for an estimated 50,000 low-income recipients will start August 15, with an enrollment period beginning July 1.</span></p><p>“The bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program is a historic step forward for the health and economic well-being of New Hampshire families, businesses and communities,” writes Governor Maggie Hassan in a statement announcing the new timeline.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:49:36 +0000 Todd Bookman 50324 at What's New With The Affordable Care Act In N.H. <p>Expanded Medicaid for low-income adults is coming, but may be delayed.&nbsp; Meanwhile, four more insurance companies say they’re ready to join New Hampshire’s marketplace for coverage next year.&nbsp; And as we head into this fall's elections,&nbsp; the health care law remains a major point of political contention.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:00:48 +0000 The Exchange 50247 at What's New With The Affordable Care Act In N.H. Informational Campaign For N.H.'s Expanded Medicaid Kicks Off <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services held a public info session in Manchester Tuesday night to demystify the state’s new Expanded Medicaid plan.</p><p>About 15 people, mostly care providers, attended the Manchester session. Questions ranged from how one qualifies for the program and ‘are refugees included?’ (they are), to the application process itself.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 50020 at Informational Campaign For N.H.'s Expanded Medicaid Kicks Off N.H. Convenes Sessions To Explain Medicaid Expansion <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire residents who may be eligible for Medicaid when the state expands its program are being encouraged to attend one of a dozen public information sessions.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:12:53 +0000 Associated Press 49883 at N.H. Convenes Sessions To Explain Medicaid Expansion State Awaits Approval Of Medicaid Expansion Plan <p>The state is bumping up against an intended&nbsp;start date for Medicaid expansion sign-ups.</p><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">bi-partisan plan</a> agreed to earlier this year originally called for a two-month early enrollment period beginning May 1<sup>st</sup> with coverage starting in July, but t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hasn’t yet signed off on the package.</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:54:25 +0000 Todd Bookman 47553 at With Expansion Coming, Medicaid Enrollment Already Up In New Hampshire <div>The number of Medicaid enrollees in New Hampshire is up 4% since last October, according to <a href="" target="_blank">new data</a> from the federal government.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More than 133,000 people were enrolled as of February, compared with roughly 127,000 recipients before the launch of the Affordable Care Act. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:09:07 +0000 Todd Bookman 46226 at With Expansion Coming, Medicaid Enrollment Already Up In New Hampshire ACA's Deadline Day <p>Under the Affordable Care act, Monday is the last chance for uninsured Americans to choose a plan or pay a penalty. &nbsp;We’ll get the latest on New Hampshire enrollments, and other aspects of this law in the Granite State, including the newly signed Medicaid Expansion and new players coming to the state’s insurance market next year.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 45812 at ACA's Deadline Day Hassan Signs Medicaid Expansion <p>Medicaid expansion is now state law, making some 50,000 poor adults in New Hampshire eligible for federal subsidies under so-called Obamacare.</p><p></p><p>Governor Maggie Hassan signed the expansion bill at a crowded public ceremony using 18 separate pens -- one for each letter of her full name.</p><p>She hailed the new law as a bipartisan proposal that moves the state forward.</p><p>“Today we are signing into law the most significant piece of health care legislation that the state of N.H. has seen in decades.”</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:18:52 +0000 Josh Rogers 45753 at Hassan Signs Medicaid Expansion N.H. House Votes To Expand Medicaid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The New Hampshire House has voted 202-132 to expand Medicaid to cover an estimated 50,000 low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The move comes after more than a year of debate, and while the vote in the Democratically-controlled chamber wasn’t a surprise, Republicans weren’t exactly ready to concede the point.</span></p><p>They put forward nine amendments on issues ranging from delaying the start date to capping enrollees, all of which failed.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:28:06 +0000 Todd Bookman 45596 at N.H. House Votes To Expand Medicaid House Committee Backs Medicaid Expansion <p>The plan to expand Medicaid endorsed by the state Senate has cleared its first hurdle in the New Hampshire House, gaining the approval of the Finance Committee on a 15-10 vote.</p><p>The Democratically-controlled House has already voted to expand Medicaid three times, and leaders there want to pass this version as soon as they can.</p><p>House Republicans, though, continue to put up a fight.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:48:33 +0000 Todd Bookman 45261 at Debate Over Medicaid Expansion Moves To N.H. House <p>After clearing a major hurdle last week by making it through the Republican-led Senate, debate began in the House Monday on a proposal to expand the state’s Medicaid program.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:24:53 +0000 Michael Brindley 44814 at N.H. Senate Approves Medicaid Expansion Proposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire’s fault line for expanding its Medicaid program has always run through the GOP-controlled Senate.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There, top lawmakers from both parties have tried and failed to reach compromise over the past year. And so now with a deal clearly in reach, Democratic co-sponsor Peggy Gilmour of Hollis reminded colleagues of all they’ve been through.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:21:52 +0000 Todd Bookman 44640 at N.H. Senate Approves Medicaid Expansion Proposal The Sidebar: Poll Finds Strong Support for Medicaid Expansion, Gun Background Checks <p>A bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid that is scheduled for a vote in the New Hampshire Senate this week has strong support from Granite Staters, according to a new poll.</p><p>New England College asked 774 registered voters if they would support a proposal backed by Gov. Maggie Hassan and a majority in the New Hampshire Senate “to extend private insurance to low-income residents, without passing the cost of coverage on to businesses.”</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:10:13 +0000 Brian Wallstin 44463 at