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News Release

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2018

Governor Sununu Press Office
(603) 271-2121

Work Requirement: Approved

Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu, DHHS Commissioner Jeff Meyers, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma released the following statement after CMS approved New Hampshire's much anticipated work requirement waiver for able-bodied adults:

"Today's announcement by CMS authorizing New Hampshire's Medicaid work requirements is a transformative step towards a more thriving workforce," said Governor Chris Sununu. "Work requirements help lift able-bodied individuals out of poverty by empowering them with the dignity of work and self-reliability while also allowing states to control the costs of their Medicaid programs. They help people gain the skills necessary for long-term independence and success. We are committed to helping more people get into the workforce, as it is critical not only for individuals but also for our economy as a whole. We appreciate the hard work that Administrator Verma has put into New Hampshire's waiver and we are pleased to have the most robust work requirement in the nation. I look forward to working with Commissioner Meyers, members of the legislature, and a wide group of stakeholders to ensure a successful and fair implementation of this opportunity."

"The community engagement requirement will create opportunities to empower people to better their lives," said Commissioner Jeff Meyers. "New Hampshire thrives when residents are working or pursuing job training and educational opportunities, are actively engaged in their communities, and have access to high quality healthcare."

"I congratulate Governor Sununu's commitment to join me in improving the lives of Medicaid beneficiaries by creating a crucial link to work and community engagement," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. "The Trump Administration has helped create one of the strongest job markets in our nation's history and we want to make sure able bodied, working age adults receive the necessary skills to join our growing workforce."

New Hampshire's Approval Letter  pdf file

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