Gov. Chris Sununu has offered to compromise with legislators in order to determine the right amount of Medicaid provider rates to implement on state users.
In a recent letter, Sununu stated that the Legislature aims to increase rates by 3.1 percent annually, a number that Sununu and New Hampshire Health Care Workforce Health Commissioner Jeff Meyers are “wary” about.
Sununu and Meyers are looking to introduce a higher percentage rate, stating that Medicaid providers wouldn’t be able to distribute a balanced rate across the state.
“We prefer targeted increases to those who need it most,” Sununu said in his letter.
Sununu, a Republican, also acknowledged in his letter that he is willing to accept a deal with the Democrat-controlled Legislature if it chooses a “flat, across the board approach” to the topic as long as it is included in an intact budget.
In June, Sununu vetoed the legislature’s $60 million budget for Medicaid providers to have an equal rate increase.
"In the end, we all agree that Medicaid provider rates affect workforce, access to care and quality of services,” Sununu said. “I will set aside my concerns over inequity and accept the Legislature's preferred approach, as long as it doesn't threaten New Hampshire's long-term finances.”
Previously, Sununu’s administration proposed rate increases for mental health, Substance Abuse Disorder and home and community care. His plan for a budget also includes a $160 million dollar student debt assistant and worker retention program for the next decade, as well as investing an additional roughly $24 million into several universities’ Nursing and STEM programs.