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Republicans, Democrats say deal unlikely on Medicaid
In months of talks, Republicans and Democrats have failed to agree when expansion should begin and when the newly eligible Medicaid population should be transferred from the state Medicaid managed care program to private insurance purchased through the state health insurance marketplace.
"We've been talking for almost five weeks and every time we get close to a deal, we're told (Morse) can't sell it to the Republican caucus so there's no deal," Hassan said. "Today the Senate President said it's too difficult and too hard and he doesn't see any point in talking further."
Morse said he is willing to keep talking, but it is too late to reach an agreement for the special session.
Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, said the Senate plan addresses Democrats' key goals of beginning expansion as soon as possible to leverage federal money and to provide coverage to low-income adults.
The House faces 29 amendments — 28 from Republican representatives — when it meets beginning today at 10 a.m. Senate Democrats have several amendments they plan to offer as well, including the last compromise plan Democrats released Wednesday.
Hassan said no matter what happens today, she will continue to fight to provide health insurance to the state's working families who cannot afford it without Medicaid expansion.
"The issue is not going away," Morse said. "We'll be back here in January and debate it again."
New Hampshire is one of seven states that have yet to decide whether to expand Medicaid. To date, 25 states plus Washington, D.C. have decided to expand Medicaid; 18 have rejected expansion.
The state's health care providers would be paid $2.4 billion over seven years for the health care of the 49,000 state residents expected to be eligible under expansion.
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