Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, released the below statement on the passage of the budget:

We applaud the commitment of lawmakers to move our state forward on several important initiatives by passing the comprise budget put forward by Governor Sununu and legislative leaders.  This budget makes investments in a number of areas vital to the health of our patients, including mental health and substance use, and provides an increase in Medicaid rates for all providers to help address workforce shortages and gaps in our health care system caused by New Hampshire’s low Medicaid reimbursement rates.  We look forward to continuing this momentum to address the challenges facing New Hampshire today.