Medicaid Expansion - HB 1696

Medicaid Expansion - HB 1696

Reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is the single-most important tool we have in addressing this state's drug and alcohol epidemic. HB 1696, relative to the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, is currently a top priority.

The program would continue health insurance coverage for nearly 48,000 Granite Staters. Approximately 6,700 of those individuals will likely access treatment services for substance use disorders. The New Hampshire Health Protection Program is the single-most important tool NH has to address its drug and alcohol crisis.

Understanding that roughly 106,000 New Hampshire residents have a substance use disorder, and that treatment capacity is between 4,500-6,000, the NHHPP is the single most important factor in addressing the state’s heroin epidemic. Of the 4,500-6,000 people who accessed treatment through the state’s current capacity in 2014, approximately half were New Hampshire Health Protection Program beneficiaries.

New Hampshire needs to support substance use disorder treatment programs. Sixty-eight percent of treatment providers were interested in expanding treatment capacity but were deterred from doing so due to uncertainty around the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.

6,700
individuals will likely access treatment services for substance use disorders through NHHPP
$1.84 billion
the amount drug and alcohol problems cost the NH economy in 2012
414
people suffered fatal overdoses in 2015, up from 326 in 2014 and 192 the year before

on april 5th governor hassan signed hb1696 into law.

 

Bill Status
  • Committee
  • Public Hearing
  • Executive Session
  • Full Body Vote
  • Committee
  • Public Hearing
  • Executive Session
  • Full Body Vote