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Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2014

Communications Office

Governor Hassan's Statement on House Passage of Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD – Following House passage today of a measure to move forward with Medicaid expansion, Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement:

"By not moving forward with Medicaid expansion, the State of New Hampshire has already lost nearly $4 million in federal funds this year, and for every day that we continue to delay, we will lose at least another half-a-million federal dollars that we can never recover and thousands of working families continue to go without the health coverage they need.

"Reaching a constructive compromise on a workable plan that allows New Hampshire to accept $2.4 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid will strengthen the health and financial well-being of more than 50,000 hard-working people while boosting our economy and creating hundreds of jobs. These are real people and families, working men and women who deserve the security of health coverage. They are restaurant employees, construction and healthcare workers. They work in our schools and our local shops and grocery stores. And when they need care, without insurance their healthcare costs are shifted to all of our people and businesses.

"I thank the House for moving quickly on this opportunity to provide health coverage for hard-working Granite Staters. I will continue working with both the House and Senate toward a constructive compromise on healthcare expansion that will work from day one and for the long term in order to boost our economy, strengthen our healthcare system, and improve the health and financial well-being of New Hampshire's working families."