How would this expansion effect the availability of care? Given the state’s already low Medicaid reimbursement rates, some providers have already stopped accepting new Medicaid patients. Providers have been unable to guarantee they would have the ability to take on the thousands of new patients expected to seek care under a new program. With thousands more new patients seeking care under the expanded program, this will just cause more providers to pull out, that would be a problem not only for the new ones, but also for the existing patients.
(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)