NH News
5:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Medicaid Compromise Looking Dicey

Gov. Maggie Hassan has spent the last several days taking her push to expand Medicaid out side of Concord, and into the districts of GOP Senators.

Speaking at SNHU, in the home district of Republican David Boutin, Hassan said the GOP needs to bend.

"Every time we put forward a compromise, we are told that it’s no good, it’s still their original plan."

Back at the statehouse, Senate President Chuck Morse insisted that’s not true.

"We are open to suggestions.'

But when asked that included the possibility of extending the one year timetable for new beneficiaries  to begin getting insurance on the new federal exchanges -- an extension Hassan and state insurance officials say is needed for the Senate’s proposal to work --   Morse says no.

"No, because I think what you are doing, is creating Medicaid expansion, because the public does not want an entitlement program coming into the state and keep living on."

It remains unclear, however, if Morse can muster the votes for the senate to pass the plan he favors.

Majority leader Jeb Bradley says getting any plan through the GOP-controlled senate will require bipartisan support.