The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
SB 8 blocks $7 million Hassan raid on nursing home, home health care
Concord, NH – Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement on the Senate’s 16-8 vote to pass SB 8, which would block Governor Maggie Hassan’s proposed raid of $7 million from nursing home and home health care reimbursement:
“The state budget that the Senate passed unanimously and the Governor signed into law specifically protected these nursing home and home health care funds from being cut to pay for other spending. The Governor has chosen to ignore that part of the law, and this bill would restore the intent of the budget we all agreed to,” Forrester said.
The Legislative Fiscal Committee asked the Attorney General’s Office how the Governor was able to transfer money from the nursing homes despite a provision in the budget preventing such a transfer. Since the money that Hassan wants to take is matched by the federal government, her raid would actually end up costing nursing homes and home health care providers $14 million.
“When we passed our budget two years ago, we made a promise to reimburse nursing homes and home health providers for the services they provide to Medicaid patients,” Forrester concluded. “This bill would make sure we keep that promise.”