Legislative Update: HB 1 and HB 2 passed then expected to be vetoed, next steps.

July 1, 2019

We have some good news and some bad news this week.  On Thursday, the House and Senate voted to pass HB 1 and HB 2, the state budget and the budget trailer bill, in the versions which were approved by the Committee of Conference a week ago.  That means that the House and Senate now have officially approved the Medicaid rate increases and state loan repayment program provisions which NHNPA and its allies have been supporting throughout the session.  This is a significant achievement. 

 

However, the Governor has announced that he intends to veto these budget bills (and probably will have done so by the time you read this). Thus, the rate increases and SLRP provisions (and everything else in the budget) will not go into effect until there is a final agreement between the Governor and the legislature. In order to avoid a government shutdown pending a budget agreement, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution that will keep the state government operating for 90 days under the terms of the budget that is in place for the current biennium. 

 

In any event, the main goal of NHNPA and the other members of the SB 308 coalition is going to be to make sure that the rate increases will be intact when the final version of the budget is agreed to.   Please keep an eye out for further bulletins from NHNPA on any additional calls to action that might be coming over the next several weeks.

Legislative Update: Medicare increase for providers

June 24, 2019

We are happy to report that the budget committee of conference concluded yesterday and that the House and Senate conferees agreed to include in the budget the 3.1% increase for all Medicaid providers in each year of the biennium which had been part of the Senate-passed budget.  Thus, those rate increases survived the committee of conference process intact. 

The full House and Senate will vote on this on Thursday, and it is all but certain that this budget will be passed by both bodies. The big question is what the Governor will do when the budget reaches his desk. As of the moment, he has sharply criticized the budget but he has not specifically stated that he will veto it if it passes. It is worth noting that two of the provisions he was most critical of – family and medical leave insurance and a capital gains tax – were removed from the budget during the committee of conference. The key will be whether this was enough to get the document across the finish line.