Medicaid Expansion en 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 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 Hassan Says Medicaid Expansion Should Be Ready By July <p>Gov. Maggie Hassan says she expects those eligible for insurance under a Medicaid expansion plan backed by a bipartisan group of State Senators will be covered in July.</p><p>The plan to insure as many as 50,000 low income residents by using federal money to pay for private coverage cleared a key committee last week.</p><p>The plan is expected to win full approval by lawmakers, but those votes have yet to be scheduled. &nbsp;</p><p>Governor Hassan says she’s optimistic that will happen with enough time for the plan’s two-month enrollment period to begin May 1.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:10:46 +0000 Josh Rogers 44073 at Senate Committee Approves Medicaid Expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>New Hampshire lawmakers moved a step closer to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee voted 4-1 on Wednesday to approve a plan that includes a “premium assistance program” which would require newly eligibly Medicaid recipients to select private health insurance starting in 2016.</p><p>Republican Senator Andy Sanborn of Bedford was the lone dissenting vote.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:02:37 +0000 Todd Bookman 43815 at Senate Committee Approves Medicaid Expansion Medicaid Expansion Public Hearing Draws Backers, Critics <p>During a Senate committee meeting in Concord on Tuesday, the public had its first chance to weigh in on the Medicaid expansion plan backed by leaders in both parties.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A wide range of voices spoke favorably of the bill that relies on private insurance for new recipients, including medical providers, hospital executives and business owners.</span></p><p>Justin VanEtten of Meredith runs a private ambulance company, and says despite his philosophical opposition to Obamacare, he backs bringing federal tax dollars into the state.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:28:53 +0000 Todd Bookman 43762 at Medicaid Expansion Public Hearing Draws Backers, Critics NHPR News Primer: The Latest Medicaid Expansion Plan <p>Full details of a Senate plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act are out.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:09:56 +0000 Todd Bookman 43525 at NHPR News Primer: The Latest Medicaid Expansion Plan N.H. Senate Deal Opens The Door For Medicaid Expansion <p>Governor Maggie Hassan's first State of the State Address touched on a wide range of issues, including energy, infrastructure, and&nbsp; education.</p><p>But the biggest news of the speech was a deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program, announced by Senate President Chuck Morse and Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen shortly before the governor's address.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:20:45 +0000 Brady Carlson & Todd Bookman 43158 at N.H. Senate Deal Opens The Door For Medicaid Expansion DHHS Commissioner Toumpas <p>You would think that the commissioner of the state’s largest agency has one of the biggest to-do lists of the year, and for Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas, you’re probably right. A new year brings new challenges for Toumpas: with Medicaid, there’s the implementation of its managed care program, as well as the continuing debate over its expansion. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy & Faith Meixell 42197 at DHHS Commissioner Toumpas New Session, New Medicaid Expansion Debate In Concord <p>Lawmakers returned to Concord Wednesday, and House Democrats wasted no time passing a bill to expand the state’s Medicaid program.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their latest Medicaid plan, which was tacked onto a different bill they’d planned to kill, would send some newly eligible recipients into the exchange for coverage, but not until 2017. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:57:44 +0000 Todd Bookman 41507 at New Session, New Medicaid Expansion Debate In Concord