Following today's decision in the Hillsborough County Superior Court ruling on the Medicaid Enhancement Tax (MET), Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement:
"Since I took office, we have been working with the hospitals and the legislature to overcome the difficulties created by changes in the use of Medicaid Enhancement Tax revenues enacted in 2011, which significantly impacted New Hampshire providers. In order to reduce levels of uncompensated care, we worked with the Legislature to pass the historic, bipartisan health care expansion law, and my budget proposal last year increased hospital funding. In addition, we have settled a number of lawsuits regarding previous MET issues.
"Today's ruling on the MET presents additional budget and healthcare challenges. My office has been in discussions about MET issues with relevant stakeholders due to previous court rulings, and I will continue working closely with hospitals, providers, legislators and state officials to resolve these challenges in a way that is fair to all parties, protects the state's budget and ensures the health and well-being of Granite Staters."