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Senate Democrats Condemn Republican Budget that Rejects Federal Health Care Dollars

For Immediate Release:                                             Contact: Gene Martin
June 6, 2013                                                                   Cell: 603.289.6860

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                                              Senate Democrats Condemn Republican Budget that Rejects Federal Health Care Dollars

CONCORD – Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen issued the following comments after the passage of the Republican Senate  Budget on a party line vote of 13-11.

“Turning down $2.5 billion in Federal dollars to expand health coverage for thousands of hard-working, taxpaying Granite Staters is the wrong decision for our families and our economy. These federal funds would represent millions of dollars in savings to our state budget while saving millions of dollars in hospital charitable care. These federal funds also hold the potential to add 5,100 new jobs, $2.5 billion to our economy over the next 7 years and to cover as many as 58,000 low-income New Hampshire citizens with reliable healthcare.” 

“This budget will cost hundreds of jobs and eliminate critical services for Granite Staters by sweeping, across-the-board cuts. The Senate Republican Budget forces the Health and Human Services Commissioner to cut millions of dollars threatening  funding for the developmental disability waitlist, the CHINS program, mental health care, community health centers, and family planning.”

Although, I have serious concerns about this budget, I hope that by the end of the budget committee of conference, we in New Hampshire can rise above ideology and move forward with common sense solutions that meet the needs of our citizens.” 

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