RELEASE: Senator Martha Fuller Clark Statement on Reauthorization of Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD – Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) released the following comments after SB 236, a bill to grant a two year reauthorization of New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion law, was tabled without debate:

“The success of New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion law has been touted by both Republicans and Democrats. 50,000 people rely on Medicaid expansion for their healthcare and nearly 10,000 patients are able to treat substance addiction through this Medicaid. The program has also been credited with a significant reduction in emergency room admission and has brought new insurance competition into New Hampshire while keeping rates low relative to many other states,” said Senator Fuller Clark, prime sponsor of the bill.

“This program is reducing heath care cost-shifting onto our families and businesses, strengthening the health of our workforce, and boosting our economy. I look forward to future consideration of this legislation by the Senate Finance Committee and hope that we are able to come together to extend the program for the benefit of tens of thousands of hardworking Granite Staters.”