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Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2013

Contact:
Communications Office
(603)271-2121

Statement from Governor Hassan on HHS Report on Medicaid Expansion

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on a report commissioned by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the expansion of Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act:

"The independent report by the Lewin Group has made it clear that moving forward with Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act will inject more than $2.5 billion in federal dollars into our state, create an estimated 700 jobs, and save Granite Staters more than $92 million - all while helping working families afford critical health coverage.

"By reducing the amount of uncompensated care at our hospitals, the average New Hampshire household will save an estimated $145 per year, a critical boost during these uncertain economic times.

"This is an important opportunity to help families and strengthen our economy. I look forward to continuing the dialogue with HHS, legislators, businesses and health care leaders to examine how we can best improve health coverage and reduce costs for New Hampshire families while making sure the state is protected financially into the future."