New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) proposes to slash $7 million in Medicaid reimbursements to nursing homes to address a $58 million deficit in the state’s Department of Health and Human Services budget.
The move was spurred in part by the state’s recent Medicaid expansion. A Republican state senator has introduced legislation to reverse the cuts.
Michael Tanner, a senior fellow and health care expert at the Cato Institute, says New Hampshire is experiencing a “woodwork” effect in response to the state’s efforts to increase enrollment in Medicaid.
“It’s called the ‘woodwork effect’ because they are coming out of the woodwork,” Tanner said. “It’s a big expense for states.”
New Hampshire state Senate Republicans say the $7 million reduction to nursing homes and home health care providers effectively amounts to a $14 million reduction because the federal government matched the state’s $7 million with an equal amount.
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