When the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act, it said states must be given a choice about expanding their Medicaid programs.
Option A: Keep things as they are.
Option B: Enroll more people, and the Federal government will help you pay for their care.
Democrat Jackie Cilley likes that second option. She says that if New Hampshire doesnâ€™t grow its Medicaid rolls, poor people will continue to slip through the cracks, and that Republican lawmakers in Concord would bear the blame.
Q. What does the state have to decide in terms of Medicaid expansion?
A. The Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act gives states the choice to either maintain their current Medicaid program or extend it to more low-income residents. In states that choose to expand, adults who bring home less than $15,000 a year and a family of four who earns less than $30,000 a year will qualify. In New Hampshire, expansion would add about 56,000 people to the state's rolls, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
A group of New Hampshire lawmakers will meet Wednesday to begin discussing how the state should move forward under the nationâ€™s health care law.Â One of the big questions for the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee is whether New Hampshire should expand its Medicaid program.
The recent Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act gives states the option to extend Medicaid to more low-income residents. Under the new law, beginning in 2014, an adult who brings home less than $15,000 a year and a family of four with income under about $30,000 will qualify.
ThisÂ isÂ a closer look at the Supreme Courtâ€™s Ruling as it relates to Medicaid in the Granite State.Â Under the upheld law, an additional 17 million people nationwide are set to become eligible for Medicaid in 2014. Thatâ€™s a 27 percent increase. The new threshold is $29,000 dollars a year for a family of four.
State and Managed Care company officials met today with the executive council to discuss the contract that would change the stateâ€™s Medicaid Program. The councilors have serious concerns, and many questions.
The $2.2 billion dollar proposed contract is the biggest in the history of the state.Â Supporters say Managed Medicaid would streamline services for the some 130,000 people in the program.Â Health-care providers worry the new contract may hurt their patients and their business.
Thursday, members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee considered a bill that would ban public funding of facilities that provide abortion. Opponents of the bill, which has already been approved by the House, say it could jeopardize $700 million in federal Medicaid funds. The bill's sponsor, Republican of Rochester Warren Groen, says preventing the state from funding abortion is a smarter way to use scare with public dollars.
Texas and the federal government are going at each other again, this time over Planned Parenthood.
The Texas Legislature cut off all Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood because of its involvement in abortions; in response, the federal government has suspended funding for the state's reproductive health program.
The Executive Council is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a new Medicaid contract worth an estimated $2.2 billionâ€“believed to be the largest contract in state history.
But signs from an Executive Council meeting Monday suggest that vote may be pushed back.Â And the state may struggle to meet its July 1 deadline.
Itâ€™s a huge contract financially, handing over several billion dollars to three managed care companies to run the stateâ€™s Medicaid program.Â And itâ€™s huge for the some 140,000 New Hampshire residents who rely on Medicaid.
Originally published on Wed March 21, 2012 1:32 pm
The federal health law's expansion of Medicaid will cover some 16 million more Americans in the government program for the poor, if that part of the law survives the legal challenge it faces in the Supreme Court beginning next week.
Florida is leading 25 other states in that challenge, but that hasn't stopped two of Miami's most prominent hospitals from preparing for the Medicaid expansion.
Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 2:44 pm
When the Supreme Court hears arguments over President Obama's health care law next week, one item on the table will be a program that has been in place for nearly 50 years.
Medicaid, a joint federal-state program that provides health care for the poor, was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson. Under the Affordable Care Act, it will be greatly expanded and provide coverage for millions of uninsured, including low-income adults without children.
Attorneys for the state and for ten N.H. hospitals are in federal court this week. The hospitals are suing the state over major cuts in Medicaid they say are impacting medical services for low income patients.
Ten of the stateâ€™s largest hospitals say that $130 million in state Medicaid cuts is not only forcing hospitals to cut services to the poor, but they are also illegal. Gordon Macdonald is the hospitalâ€™s attorney.
Our issue Tuesday series continues with the Republican Presidential Candidates and their fiscal policies.Â The soaring national debt has been a rallying cry among republicans, who see it as a top economic threat.Â Weâ€™ll examine what the candidates are saying about government spending, debt and deficitsâ€¦as well as entitlement reform, programs like Social security and Medicare.
More than 3,000 people on Medicaid in the Lakes Region will have to switch from their regular doctors by next month.Â They are being reassigned to other area clinics.
Primary care doctors that are part of LRGH Healthcare will no longer treat Medicaid patients.Â LRGH President, Tom Clairmont, says the joint federal-state program for the poor and disabled, covers less than half the cost of providing care.Â Clairmont says that formula undermines the hospitalâ€™s ability to provide the most essential care.