The New Hampshire Senate
Republican Majority Office
(CONCORD) Senate Finance Committee Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) today introduced her bill to further clarify that the $7 million nursing home and home health care funds be protected from Governor Maggie Hassan’s attempt to make up for overspending elsewhere in the Department of Health and Human Services. The Senate Finance Committee held a public hearing this afternoon on Forrester’s bill, SB 8.
“The budget written by the Senate and signed by Governor Hassan included specific protections for these nursing home and home health care funds, ensuring that they would not be used to make up for overspending in other agencies. Yet Governor Hassan has chosen to ignore those clear instructions, and raided these vital programs,” Forrester said.
The $7 million cut will actually cost nursing homes and home health care providers $14 million, since every dollar is matched by the federal government. The Legislative Joint Fiscal Committee has requested clarification from the Attorney General’s Office on the Governor’s authority to use these funds despite the clear language of the budget bill.
“The Legislature was very clear when we funded health care reimbursement in the budget that those who need the funds most would be protected, and this bill will restore that intent,” Forrester added. “The Governor needs to stop raiding dedicated funds, and get Executive Branch spending under control and under budget.”