Legislative Committee Approves Waiver To Seek $275M In Matching Funds For Health Services

May 28, 2014

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New Hampshire will seek a waiver from the federal government Friday hoping to get $275 million more in matching funds over five years for health care services provided by the state, county and local governments.

The joint legislative Fiscal Committee approved the waiver application Wednesday.

Jeffrey Meyers, director of intergovernmental affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, said the federal government is not sharing the cost of about $80 million in annual health care spending in New Hampshire. The waiver asks the federal government to pitch in.

Meyers said the waiver application faces months of negotiations with the federal government. If approved, reimbursement rates could be boosted for hospitals and mental health centers.