A coalition of 10 New Hampshire hospitals filed suit against the state earlier this week, challenging recent changes in the state's Medicaid program contained in the new two-year budget.
Medicaid is a joint state-federal program that provides health insurance for the poor and some people with disabilities. The hospitals' lawsuit claims that recent cuts in Medicaid reimbursements will jeopardize access for the populations served by that program.
The program at the heart of the dispute is called the Disproportionate Share Program, which has existed in New Hampshire since 1991. Recent changes to the program mean that many New Hampshire hospitals will experience reductions in Medicaid revenues as a result of the methods used to fund and distribute that money.
The Center has prepared this presentation, which was originally developed as part of the state 2012-2013 budget process, to provide an overview of the program, the recent changes, and the potential impacts for the state's health systems and communities.
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