STATEMENT ON FEDERAL MEDICAID GUIDANCE
January 30, 2020
Bobbie Burgess, BBurgess@new-futures.org, 603.225.9540 x120
FEDERAL MEDICAID GUIDANCE COULD SACRIFICE HEALTH OF THE GRANITE STATE
CONCORD, N.H. – This morning, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced plans to encourage states to shift Medicaid programs to block grant funding that would cap the federal money available to states. In response, Holly Stevens, Health Policy Coordinator for New Futures, New Hampshire’s leading health policy and advocacy organization, released the following statement.
“While we are continuing to review today’s federal guidance, New Futures has long been opposed to the block-granting of Medicaid. In New Hampshire, Medicaid is a lifeline for nearly 180,000 children, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities and other adults who would not otherwise have access to health coverage. Shifting this critical government service to a block grant system would limit the federal funding available, which could pressure the state to further restrict health coverage for those in need. This could lead to restricted access to care, diminished health outcomes and increased costs across the state.
“Simply put, block-granting Medicaid would sacrifice the health of New Hampshire at a time when we can least afford it. We encourage state policy makers not to act on this guidance.”
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.