Concord, NH – Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, issued the following statement today after Gov. Hassan announced her intention to call the legislature into special session to address the issue of Medicaid Expansion:
“I applaud the Medicaid Commission for their diligent work over the last few months, but it is important to recognize that this report is just the first step. To be clear, significant work remains to take the recommendations of the commission and turn them into a bill that can pass both bodies of the legislature.
“I am pleased that the commission’s final report touches on a number of items that will be of critical importance to the Senate, such as recommending the use of private insurance, the importance of obtaining necessary federal waivers prior to the start of any program, and the need to protect New Hampshire taxpayers from future liabilities. These principles represent the common ground that I am hopeful may allow us to reach a bipartisan solution on this complex issue. I look forward to working with the Governor, the House, and other interested parties to design a program that will adhere to these values and accomplish our shared goal of increasing access to high quality health insurance for New Hampshire’s low-income population.
“Through ongoing conversations, legislative committee hearings, and a public comment period, I believe we can design a program that will not only increase access to care but also improve health care outcomes and the quality of life for thousands of New Hampshire’s low-income residents.”
Background note: The legislature is expected to meet to introduce legislation on November 7 with public hearings to occur the week of November 12-14. The legislature is expected to meet again the following week to vote on a bill.