Saturday, March 19, 2016

New Hampshire Health Protection Program Before Senate Finance and Health and Human Services Committee Hearing Tuesday March 22nd.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday  @ 12:00 noon in LOB 210/211.

The NH Municipal Association ( NHMA) of which Moultonboro is member town, supports expanding the NH Health Protection Program (NHHPP).

According to NHMA," there is a New Hampshire touch’ on the bill, with the work and citizenship requirements, as well as a severability clause, so that the program can still be extended should the federal government, which is funding 95% of this important program, object to those provisions."

In addition, also per NHMA: 
  • The NHHPP reduces local welfare expenditures for prescription drugs.
  • The NHHPP has enabled local welfare recipients to access medical treatment which has allowed those individuals to return to work after treating their health issues. Once back to work, those NHHPP participants no longer need local welfare assistance.
  • The NHHPP will also provide treatment for substance abuse, which is another important part of the program from the municipal perspective. The lack of treatment options in New Hampshire has been widely discussed and first responders have supported programs to divert addiction related cases to treatment, rather than the court system and jail. The NHHPP will help to fill that considerable void. 
As of the end of January 2016, 47, 631 NH Residents were enrolled in the NH Medicaid expansion program. Three-quarters have reported incomes below the federal poverty level, and 57 percent were unemployed.Unless renewed, the program will end on December 31st, 2016. 

Re-authorization would provide Medicaid  to adults between ages 19 and 64 who earn less than 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level which is $16,243 for a single person household and $33,465 for a four person household.





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