Issues: Medicaid Expansion

Help Make New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion Permanent:
What’s at Stake in Your Area

Two years after Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern cast the deciding vote to implement the successful bipartisan “New Hampshire Health Protection Plan,” he is now running for Governor and has announced he will work to make Medicaid Expansion permanent if elected — here’s why:

The coverage launched in August 2014 to bring quality health insurance coverage to low-income New Hampshire individuals and families, and to strengthen the state’s workforce and public health. Today, 49,660 New Hampshire residents now have coverage, achieved with no new state taxes.

Hover over the map pins to find out how many individuals benefited from New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion by State Senate district, county, and Executive Council district.

Click here to view statewide Medicaid expansion data.

Or click on your county below to see how many individuals are enrolled in your area.

Coos County
Grafton County
Carroll County
Belknap County
Merrimack County
Sullivan County
Strafford County
Cheshire County
Hillsborough County
Rockingham County

This new coverage supports those living above the poverty line but who are still low income (i.e., for a family of four, earning up to roughly $33,000/year).

  • Hospitals reported 27% fewer uninsured Emergency Room visits in New Hampshire last year
  • Over $600 million in health care coverage has returned to NH as a result of the program
  • New benefit has already been used by thousands for drug addiction & treatment services

The law passed with bipartisan support after tremendous work by NH legislators, leadership by Governor Maggie Hassan, and with the active encouragement of the business, hospital, and nonprofit community. On the Executive Council, Colin voted to call the New Hampshire legislator into a special session to consider Medicaid expansion and later voted to implement the program in a close 3-2 vote in July 2014. In both instances, Councilor Chris Sununu voted against these initiatives. The program was reauthorized by one vote in the legislature this past winter, is now scheduled to expire unless the next Governor and next legislature takes action.


October 2013: Van Ostern Votes To Approve Special Legislative Session To Consider Medicaid Expansion
July 2014: Van Ostern Votes To Approve Medicaid Expansion Contract

Executive Councilor and Democratic candidate for Governor Colin Van Ostern, who cast the deciding vote to implement Medicaid expansion two years ago, has announced that if elected he will work with the incoming legislature, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to make this Medicaid expansion permanent.

Click here to download an audio file of the July 2014 Executive Council Medicaid expansion discussion and vote.


Paid for by Van Ostern for New Hampshire. Debby Butler, Treasurer.
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