CTN body text:RAYMOND —There are growing concerns among Republicans about the N.H. Dept. of Insurance’s efforts to bypass the legislature and partner with the N.H. Health Plan (NHHP) to obtain millions in taxpayer dollars to fund Obamacare related bureaucracy. Actually we have processes and committees already in place to ensure we are careful stewards of taxpayer money. It’s not difficult to see what’s going on here. If their plan has any merit, they should play by the rules, and let it get an up or down vote by the legislative entities who have oversight. To do an end run around the legislature simply doesn’t pass the smell test. Republicans will be exploring every option available to ensure this matter goes through the proper channels, because we care about your tax dollars.
You ask, what is NHHP? NHHP is described as a “quasi-governmental” entity established under New Hampshire law, RSA 404-G. NHHP is a state high risk pool established to provide health insurance to N.H. residents who are declined coverage through the private market, have a pre-qualifying condition, or are otherwise eligible. The NHHP is intended generally to be the insurer of last resort for N.H. Residents. In accordance with RSA 404-G:5-c, the high risk pool and NHHP are due to sunset (die) on January 1, 2014.
Let’s see where the Democrats go with this, as they continue to try to shove their Obamacare down our throats.
(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at email@example.com)