New Hampshire State Senate Votes to Reauthorize Medicaid Expansion

STATEMENT FROM NEW FUTURES
Thursday, March 31, 2016

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New Hampshire State Senate Votes to Reauthorize Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD, NH - On March 31 2016, the New Hampshire State Senate voted 16 to 8 in favor of reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. Of the almost 49,000 people currently enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP), 9,555 are estimated to meet clinical criteria for Substance Use Disorders; 6,860 of these individuals will likely access treatment services. While addiction touches individuals in every income bracket, adults living between 0-138 percent of the federal poverty level are particularly vulnerable to the opioid epidemic, experiencing addiction rates upwards of 19.4 percent.

“New Futures applauds the State Senate for supporting a practical and bipartisan response to our drug and alcohol epidemic,” said New Futures Executive Director Linda Saunders Paquette. “The New Hampshire Health Protection Program is the single-most important tool NH has to address its drug and alcohol crisis.”

Joy Martell, a Manchester resident who accessed the program’s substance use disorder benefit, recently testified about the program’s positive impact.

“Medicaid gave me access to an intensive outpatient program, methadone assistance, and a licensed drug and alcohol counselor,” Martell said. “Because of this assistance, I’ve been clean for more than 5-months and am now confidently stable.”

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