Governor Hassan's myths about Medicaid expansion
This morning, Governor Hassan once again tried to push her agenda of expanding Medicaid despite the cost this expansion will have on the taxpayers of New Hampshire. Below are four of the common myths that the Governor is trying to spin in her favor but this time here are the facts.
MYTH: If New Hampshire expands Medicaid 58,000 people without health insurance will be covered.
FACT: According to the state's expert consultant on Medicaid expansion, the Lewin Group, of the 58,000 people expected to be covered by Medicaid expansion only 24,000 are currently uninsured. The other 34,000 currently have private health insurance and would be shifted from private insurance onto Medicaid at an increased cost to taxpayers.
MYTH: Expanding Medicaid does not cost the state anything.
FACT: Medicaid expansion will have a net cost to New Hampshire taxpayers of nearly $200 million over the next seven years. This is the combination of the $85.5 million the Lewin Group estimates expansion will cost, combined with up to $113.7 million the state would save by not expanding. Once the federal match drops to 90%, state costs will be upwards of $50 million annually.
MYTH: If New Hampshire doesn't expand Medicaid we will be passing up $2.5 billion in free federal money.
FACT: There is no such thing as free money from Washington. With a $3.8 trillion federal budget and a nearly $17 trillion federal debt, taxpayers across the country are already saddled with enormous costs to fund the federal government. This new expansion will only add to that burden.
MYTH: Everybody is doing it.
FACT: Twenty-six other states have exercised the authority granted to them by the U.S. Supreme Court to take a wait and see approach on Medicaid expansion. Taking the time to study this issue carefully in order to craft a model that protects taxpayers, patients and providers will not impact the state's ability to expand in the years ahead.
Kristin Beaulieu, Director of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement.
"There is no such thing as free money from Washington and it would be irresponsible of the Governor and New Hampshire to take this money. With a $3.8 trillion federal budget and a nearly $17 trillion federal debt, expansion of Medicaid will only add to the burden already felt by taxpayers. In New Hampshire, once the federal match drops to 90%, state costs will be upwards of $50 million annually."
Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is urging the full Senate to vote against expanding Medicaid in New Hampshire because it is not what is best and will shift 34,000 people currently with private health insurance onto Medicaid at an increased cost to taxpayers.