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Medicaid questions: Summer school for legislators
A key compromise in the new state budget deal was the establishment of a study committee to examine whether New Hampshire should accept $2.5 billion from the federal government to raise the income eligibility limit for Medicaid.
The Obama administration promises to pay 100 percent of the costs of expansion for the first three years, and almost all of the costs after that.
The Republican Senate is skeptical, both of the consequences of massively expanding an already troubled program and of Washington's record of broken promises. The compromise is a nine-member study committee tasked with finding a New Hampshire solution.
The members of the newly formed study committee all likely have strong feelings on the issue.
They are not likely to learn much this summer that would change their recommendations. But they should take their task seriously and answer some key questions about this expansive decision:
. How much more would New Hampshire hospitals lose by treating thousands of new Medicaid patients? Hospitals are currently suing the state for its low Medicaid reimbursement rates.
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