NH Senate Republicans Issue Statement on Medicaid Expansion Commission Work

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

Concord, NH – Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) issued the following statement today in response to Medicaid Expansion Commission as they begin to put together their recommendations:

Senator President Chuck Morse said, “We appreciate the commission’s hard work to date.  However, simply adding more people to the existing Medicaid program on January 1 is not an option that is financially sustainable and affordable to hard working New Hampshire families in the long term. 

‘We share the goal of providing better access to affordable healthcare coverage for low-income New Hampshire citizens.  The recent approval of an Arkansas Medicaid waiver shows us we can move to a private insurance option quickly in a way that works for New Hampshire. We look forward to developing a bipartisan New Hampshire solution with private insurance.”

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley said, “Senate Republicans continue to be concerned with a Washington driven Medicaid plan that totally depends upon a very uncertain federal funding promise of 90% funding. Given our nation’s $17 trillion deficit, New Hampshire taxpayers cannot afford a Washington promise that is likely to prove unsustainable. New Hampshire taxpayers are all too familiar with Washington's broken special education promises.  We cannot afford to repeat that with Medicaid Expansion.”