Deal reached on Medicaid work requirements

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A committee of lawmakers has reached a compromise on changes to New Hampshire’s new work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

The rules, which are just starting to take effect, require most recipients to spend at least 100 hours a month working, going to school or participating in community service.

The House and Senate passed different versions of a bill to broaden the allowed exemptions and end the work requirements entirely if 500 people lost coverage. A committee reached a compromise Thursday to suspend, but not eliminate, coverage for noncompliance. The state would have until July 2021 to waive the requirements in several scenarios, including if the state is unable to contact all participants to explain the rules.

The full Legislature will vote on the amended bill next week.