In response to the announcement Wednesday evening by Senate Republican leadership that they intend to reject Medicaid expansion, Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement:
"The decision by Senate Republican leadership to reject $2.5 billion in federal dollars will make health coverage more expensive for hard-working New Hampshire families and undermine our state's economic recovery.
"They are rejecting health coverage for tens of thousands of working families, rejecting 700 jobs, and rejecting more than $92 million in savings for our state. Uncompensated care at our hospitals' emergency rooms and health centers increases costs for everyone, and rejecting these dollars will mean more than 58,000 Granite Staters will continue to go without health insurance.
"Despite the fact that, across the country, leaders from both parties have agreed that expansion is a good deal and the right thing to do, Senate Republicans have made the wrong decision for our families, our economy and the ongoing efforts to innovate and strengthen our health care system. I urge New Hampshire's Senators to rise above ideology and move forward with accepting these critical dollars that will strengthen the health of our people and our economy."