The 2019 NH legislative session is in full swing, with a lot of energy around multiple bills.  While the Senate is on Winter break this week, the House chose not to do the same, in part, due to the significant number of bills introduced in the House this year, and the fact that the House Finance Committee is beginning their work on the SFY 20/21 State Budget. Both the House and the Senate have been busy dealing with many hearings on a variety of bills during the last month and a half.

The Governor unveiled his SFY 20/21 State Budget proposal on February 14, 2019. While HB 1 (operating budget and capital budget spreadsheets) is out, HB 2 (trailer bill with detailed policy proposals) is not currently available to the public. It is expected imminently and once we receive the document, we will have a better understanding of the Governor’s budget proposals.

The House Finance Committee’s work on the next biennium State Budget (2020/2021) is beginning with agency presentations underway. The State Budget for FY 2020/2021 will take several months of review and changes before it is finalized. The House Finance Committee divides their work into three divisions for the purposes of their budget review work.  Division III is our priority, as they are solely focused on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The House Finance divisions will finalize their review and provide their recommendations on changes (increases/decreases) to the Governor’s proposed budget in the next couple of weeks. The full Finance Committee will vote on the budget recommendations by early April, with their recommendations going to the full House soon after. Then the process starts all over in Senate Finance and Senate Ways and Means Committees.

While NHHA has been following many bills of interest to our members, the priority focus area continues to be ensuring that the settlement agreement signed in 2018 regarding the Disproportionate Share Hospitals payments due to hospitals is properly funded in the budget, that the behavioral health crisis continues to be addressed by implementation of meaningful reforms to include increased inpatient capacity at New Hampshire Hospital. adequate reimbursement for designated receiving facilities (DRFs), funds to renovate DRFs and reimbursement for emergency room boarding and various reimbursement statutes are modified, among many other provisions, to ensure that hospitals are able to provide the patient care and access to services that are most needed. The Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) also must be protected by strengthening existing licensing statutes to ensure fair and reasonable requirements are adhered to for new licensees opening new services in the CAH service area.

Download the full March 2019 Legislative Newsletter

 

Please find below a downloadable list of all state laws affecting hospitals as a result of the 2017 NH Legislative Session.

2018 State Laws Affecting Hospitals

 

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Steve Ahnen, President

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Kathy Bizarro-Thunberg, Executive Vice President, Federal Relations

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Nick Carano, Director, Fiscal Policy & Reimbursement

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