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Release: Healthcare Group Calls for Override of Hassan's Veto

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MANCHESTER - As reported by the Associated Press, home healthcare providers are urging Democrats to override Governor Maggie Hassan's budget veto if a compromise isn't reached by next week. The Legislature returns September 16th to take up the governor's vetoes.


Gina Balkus, chief executive of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire, is saying that the budget impasse is hurting seniors who need help to stay in their homes. The budget that Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed included a 5% rate increase for providers and $1.8 million in back payments.


Back in June, Balkus said that the budget passed by the Legislature, which was then vetoed by Governor Maggie Hassan, was "really, from our perspective, the best budget we've seen in years ... we hope our needs don't get lost in the political fray that results from a veto."


Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;


"Granite Staters have been suffering as a result of Governor Maggie Hassan's politically motivated budget veto for months. We've heard of the harmful impact it has had on home healthcare services. We know of the detrimental consequences it has had on New Hampshire's ability to adequately combat a tragically growing heroin epidemic. Just as former Governor John Lynch prognosticated, we truly have seen the very real consequences that happen when our state's chief executive stonewalls a state budget.


"It is beyond time for Governor Maggie Hassan to sign a budget. However, if she continues to put her own career above the state's most vulnerable, then the Legislature absolutely must override her veto."



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