All Eyes on the State’s Budget

New Hampshire’s seniors and adults with disabilities have their eyes on the governor’s office as the state’s general fund budget moves to her desk this week for an expected veto.  The state budget that was crafted by the Republican led house and senate does not please the governor because it contains cuts to taxes for businesses while leaving out a raise for state employees and does not include money to continue Medicaid expansion beyond 2016.

The budget on the Governor’s desk includes restorations to many of the state’s human services programs, including a rate increase for home health care, the first since 2010. The industry went without an increase from 1999 to 2005 until they sued the state, although state law required an annual review and adjustment for costs.

“This is really, from our perspective, the best budget we’ve seen in years,” Gina Balkus, CEO of the Home Care Association. “We hope our needs don’t get lost in the political fray that ensues from a veto.”

See Allie Morris’s article in the Concord Monitor’s Sunday edition, In a bind over the budget: Health, social service backers silent on Hanssan veto threat.

and Associated Press article:  N.H. lawmakers begin work on short-term spending plan, by Kathleen Ronayne in the Concord Monitor – Sunday, June 21, 2015