Senate To Consider House Budget For Health And Human Services

Apr 20, 2015

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The Senate Finance Committee will consider funding for the Department of Health and Human Services on Monday.

The Senate will take up the House budget, which ends funding for the state’s expanded Medicaid program, suspends ServiceLink - which connects elderly and disabled residents with funding and services - and delays a 10-bed mental health crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital by one year.

While the House budget increased the Health and Human Services budget $110 million over the previous year, it fell $200 million short of Governor Hassan’s proposed budget.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas will make his case to the Senate Finance Committee today. Senate Republican leaders, who helped broker the deal for expanded Medicaid, have indicated they don’t plan to pull the plug on the program this year.