CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – April 8, the House of Representatives voted to table House Bill 185, relative the removing the work requirement from the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program. Representative Joe Schapiro (D-Keene) released the following statement:
“The unsuccessful attempt to implement a now defunct work requirement in New Hampshire cost taxpayers over 4 million dollars, as reported by the Government Accountability Office. Tabling this bill will cost taxpayers even more money as it inevitably continues to be litigated. Removing the work requirement in statute is imperative to ensure that Granite State families who may be recovering from and seeking treatment for substance use disorder, providing care for family members, or furthering their education are never denied healthcare coverage on the basis of arbitrary reporting requirements. House Republicans failed low-income Granite Staters who rely on Medicaid today and cost New Hampshire taxpayers money.