May 19, 2015 3:48 PM
Home health care providers protest Hassan-led payments to nursing homes
The Associated Press
CONCORD. (AP) — Home health care providers are protesting efforts by Gov. Maggie Hassan to use a surplus in their program to fill budget holes in other areas.
Funding for home care services and nursing homes sparked controversy earlier this year when the state's health department proposed using surpluses from both to fill a projected shortfall in its budget, rather than increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Hassan recently reversed course on the nursing homes, agreeing to give them $4 million in rate payments. She is justifying the change by pointing to an unexpected surplus in the Choices for Independence program, a Medicaid-waiver program for adults who want to receive care in their homes.
But home and community care providers say the surplus money is theirs. They say the state has been underfunding this type of care for years and are calling for more state money.