Bipartisan commission to study Medicaid expansion
Lines already are drawn on what New Hampshire should do.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said the state stands to lose about $1 million in federal funds per day for every day past Jan. 1, 2014, that Medicaid expansion is delayed.“Accepting the $2.5 billion in federal funds available for Medicaid expansion is critical for boosting our economy, transforming our health-care system and providing needed health coverage for tens of thousands of New Hampshire working families,” Hassan said.Hassan wants the Legislature to hold a special session to vote on the commission’s recommendations.
The commission members are:
• Rep. Neal Kurk of Weare, the ranking Republican on the House Finance Committee who sits on the division that oversees appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services.
• Sen. Andy Sanborn, a Bedford Republican and chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.
• Sen. Nancy Stiles, a Hampton Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee.
• Sen. Peggy Gilmour, a Hollis Democrat and member of the Senate Health, Education and Human Services Committee.
• Dr. Travis Harker, president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.
• Charlie Arlinghaus, president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank.