NH Sen. Stiles Statement on Medicaid Expansion Commission Recommendations

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Sen. Nancy Stiles (R-Hampton), a member of the Medicaid Expansion Study Commission, issued the following statement today after voting with the majority of the committee in support of a series of recommendations on how the state might expand the program in New Hampshire:

“Having spent many hours serving on the Medicaid Expansion Commission I’m very pleased with the course we have taken and the evolution of views that have taken place.   I do believe the Legislature can get to yes on expanding health insurance coverage in some form and I’m encouraged by the commission’s openness to the use of private insurance to cover some of those who will become newly eligible under such an expansion.

“As the federal government recently made clear by approving a private insurance waiver in Arkansas, this is an option states can pursue.  To that end, I am grateful the commission approved language today requiring the adoption of a private insurance waiver prior to the start of any expansion program.  That provision will be critical in protecting New Hampshire patients so that they are not bounced to and from multiple plans as federal waivers are either approved or denied.

“I look forward to working with the full Senate in the coming months to bring the necessary legislation forward in order to get this process started and to give the Department of Health and Human Services and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the time to get the necessary waivers drafted and approved before January 1, 2014.”