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NH Senate rejects federal funding for ACA education

The New Hampshire Senate voted on Wednesday to reject a grant from the federal government aimed at helping the state educate residents about the Affordable Care Act and related healthcare reform.

Last week, the State House had approved the $5.3 million grant, claiming New Hampshire needs to start preparing individuals and businesses within the state for implementation of the benefits exchange and other ACA changes next year.

The grant was given to the New Hampshire Insurance Department in April, but it required legislative approval before being accepted, The New Hampshire Union Leader explained.

Last year, the state announced it would implement a benefits exchange – or insurance marketplace- mandated by the ACA in partnership with the federal government.

Sen. Andy Sanborn told The Concord Monitor that because the state government voted to place much of the responsibility of the exchange in the hands of the federal government, New Hampshire doesn’t need to take on the duties of educating the public.

Meanwhile, other legislators argue healthcare reform is complex and confusing. Not making the effort to inform residents and local employers could lead these individuals to lack the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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