N.H. Senate panel recommends against Medicaid expansion: ‘Trying to explain that will be a nightmare’

Today, the New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee approved a $10.7 billion, two-year budget that does not expand Medicaid to cover the state’s poorest uninsured adults.

If the full Senate goes along with the committee and the House concurs, low income Granite Staters will be denied financial assistance under the Affordable Care Act because they don’t make enough money. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, a child advocacy group, explains:

In states that do not expand Medicaid, some of the neediest people will not get coverage. But people who are just above the poverty line or in the middle class can get subsidized coverage. People will be denied assistance because they don’t make enough money. Trying to explain that will be a nightmare.”