Medicaid Lobby Day
Wednesday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m.
New Hampshire State House
107 N. Main St., Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Please join advocates and volunteers from all the member organizations of the Keep New Hampshire Healthy coalition for a morning at the State House to protect access to affordable health care for more than 46,000 hard-working, low-income Granite Staters.
Advocates may begin arriving around 8:30am. We will line the halls outside the House of Representatives chamber with stickers, posters, and flyers. Later, join fellow advocates in the House gallery so State Representatives will know their constituents are watching. The House session begins at 10am and they are planning to vote on House Bill 1696, which would reauthorize the NHHPP. Without reauthorization, more than 46,000 will lose their health care coverage at the end of 2016.
New Hampshire’s Health Protection Program provides peace of mind to more than 46,000 Granite Staters who now have access to routine, preventative care that keeps them healthy and avoids costly care down the road.
Who does the program help?
The Health Protection Program provides health coverage to those ineligible for health insurance marketplace subsidies and traditional Medicaid coverage. The annual income limits are less than $16,243 for an individual and $33,465 for a family of four. Enrollees include thousands of hard-working individuals who provide child care services for young children, who serve as home health aides for seniors and the disabled, and who work in food service, retail, hospitality, and other low-wage jobs in communities across the state.The Health Protection Program helps people who temporarily may fall on hard times due to job loss an d those forced to take part-time jobs in order to care for an aging parent, a disabled child, or a family member battling serious illness.
How is the program funded?
The Health Protection Program enables New Hampshire to bring hundreds of millions of our f ederal taxpayer dollars back to the state through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion program. Federal dollars currently pay 100% of the costs. In FY 2017, the state will need to invest 5% of the cost of the program, about $12 million; for every $1 New Hampshire spends, we will receive $20 in federal matching funds. While the state must provide a share of the funding, the savings and new revenues resulting from the program provide a return on investment that will help to offset the cost. Under federal law, New Hampshire will never pay more than 10% of the cost for the Health Protection Program, and New Hampshire law expressly states that the program will end if the federal government reduces its 90% share.
What are the benefits to the state overall?
A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce, which benefits New Hampshire’s employers, employees, and economy alike. New Hampshire’s Health Protection Program has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured individuals seeking care in the Emergency Department of community hospitals. In the first year of the program, emergency room visits by uninsured individuals were down 28% and hospital admissions by uninsured patients were down 36%, a positive sign that the program is working as designed. By reducing the amount of uncompensated care in the health care system, the Health Protection Program helps to reduce cost-shifting to individuals with private insurance coverage and to keep health premiums from rising so quickly. Importantly, the Health Protection Program also enables the state to use federal dollars to provide access to substance misuse treatment, a vital component to solving the ongoing opioid crisis that is devastating New Hampshire families and communities. New Hampshire’s Health Protection Program produces wide-reaching benefits that extend to every corner of the state and generates an economic boost for our businesses, families, and overall economy.