April 6, 2018
Sheila Vargas, Public Relations Director
HOSPITAL EXECUTIVES AND STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE FUNDING PLAN FOR ALCOHOL FUND
CONCORD, N.H. – This morning, Governor Sununu, along with New Hampshire Health Care Executives and state officials, announced a plan to ensure continued funding of the Alcohol Fund after the passage of Senate Bill 313. As part of the arrangement, liquor revenues will be put towards Medicaid Expansion as outlined in SB 313 and New Hampshire’s hospitals will support prevention, treatment, and recovery programs in the Granite State.
The following statement is from Michele Merritt, New Futures’ president and CEO.
“Thank you to Governor Sununu, state officials, and New Hampshire’s hospital executives for their commitment to ensuring New Hampshire’s continued progress against the addiction epidemic. New Futures has been steadfast in our commitment to reauthorizing Medicaid Expansion and protecting the integrity and original intent of the Alcohol Fund,” said Merritt. “There is no question that under this arrangement New Hampshire will be better positioned to turn the tide against addiction. The dedication of New Hampshire’s hospitals to support the innovative prevention, treatment, and recovery programs made possible by a fully-funded Alcohol Fund, for the first time since its inception, allows for the reauthorization of Medicaid Expansion without any new taxes, fees, or general funds.”
“Both the Alcohol Fund and Medicaid Expansion are essential to the overall health and wellness of our state,” continued Merritt. “This arrangement, made by our state’s leaders, ensures these two important tools remain available, and we look forward to continuing to work with the State and the medical community to bring an end to this devastating epidemic.”
ABOUT NEW FUTURES
New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change.