Health and Human Services commissioner Nick Toumpas told lawmakers he will make up most of the $58 million hole in his budget through $45 million in cuts and savings, including trims for community health centers and family planning programs.
But the issue rankling lawmakers the most is $7 million of payment cuts to nursing homes.
Toumpas told the legislature’s fiscal committee those cuts were a tough call.
“I just had not a whole lot of options, in terms of what we needed to do.”
Governor Hassan stumped for expansion in Plymouth. That’s the home district of Republican Jeanie Forrester, the senate’s new finance chair.
Last week Hassan visited Hampton, a town represented by Republican Senator Nancy Stiles. And on Saturday night, speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser, Hassan told the crowd of 1000 that the Medicaid proposal backed by senate Republicans simply won’t work.
“The bad deal that the Senate Republicans are offering will hurt our citizens and our state more than no deal at all.”
Lawmakers returned to Concord Thursday to debate a major part of the federal health overhaul law: expansion of Medicaid. In New Hampshire, such a move would provide insurance coverage to an estimated 50,000 low income residents.