Union-Leader: Dan Tuohy’s Granite Status “The show must go on?”

MFC to lead push to reauthorize Medicaid expansion: “THE SHOW must go on? State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark introduced a bill Wednesday to reauthorize Medicaid expansion for another two years, behind its current sunset date of Dec. 31, 2018. The shifting political and policy landscape in Washington, with the repeal-and-replace bullseye on Obamacare, leaves some guesswork for the states. In an interview, Fuller Clark said the Legislature and governor do not know how long it will take for the GOP and President Trump to make good on promises to end the Affordable Care Act. It could take a year or more, she said. “We have a real obligation to discuss this now,” she said. Medicaid expansion in the Granite State, passed with bipartisan support and known officially as the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, has 53,169 enrolled, as of Jan. 31, 2017. That is in addition to traditional Medicaid enrollment of 134,053, 89,431 of which are low-income children. The congressional delegation continues to defend Obamacare, and Medicaid expansion. U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-NH, bemoaned reports that Speaker Paul Ryan’s proposed plan would reduce Medicaid expansion. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, is making her case at stops today in Dublin and Newport. Sen. Hassan today talks health care at Salemhaven in Salem.”

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