NH has voted to expand Medicaid in a distinctly NH way. We will use expanded Medicaid funds to pay for those who qualify to get insurance. The crux of the matter is the bill was set to fail once 'Obamacare' drops funding below 100%. It is set to incrementally decrease after three years, effectively repealing expanded Medicaid (The Health Protection Program) in NH without further legislative intervention.
See how the debate unfolded below... Scroll down for a quick overview of what Expanded Medicaid is, the role it serves and why it took NH so long to have it. Be sure to make it all the way to the end for information very specific to NH!
Expanded Medicaid is a core component of the ability of the Affordable Care Act to provide accessible, affordable health care to all Americans.
Medicare covers those over 65
Medicaid generally is restricted to low income individuals in a specified category, such as children, their parents, the aged, or individuals with disabilities. Adults without children are frequently excluded.
Medicaid expansion was intended to be the vehicle for covering low-income individuals excluded from Medicaid and those between 101 - 138% of the Federal Poverty Level
Marketplace insurance plans with premium tax credits and subsidies for covering people with higher incomes
The June 2012 Supreme Court Ruling made state participation in Expanded Medicaid optional. 25 states including New Hampshire chose not to accept the Expanded Medicaid Program.
The following infographic is geared toward Texas, but in NH we are in the same situation as our Senator Rausch and the twelve other Republican NH Senators voted along party lines to deny healthcare assistance to 58,000 NH residents.
Who would use Expanded Medicaid (nationally)? (see more ACA demographics here)
Check out this informative brief by the Kaiser Foundation for more information:
And now, the information very specific to New Hampshire - as promised.
In fact, you can find out just how much New Hampshire has lost in Federal Tax dollars (NH residents already pay out more individually than we receive as a state) that could have been used to provide health insurance for 58,000 NH citizens.
As of January 9th at 3:37pm, New Hampshire has lost $4,311,127.73. $91,398.43 has been lost just in our Senate District (Windham, Derry and Hampstead).