Ark. Legislators Reconvene to Address Teachers’ Insurance Rates; N.H. Lawmakers to Tackle Medicaid Expansion in Nov.
Update at 2:45 p.m.: StateTrack’s Manuel Alex Moya notes that the New Hampshire Legislature will meet for a two-week special session in November.
The Executive Council of New Hampshire approved Gov. Maggie Hassan’s request for a Nov. 7-21 so legislators can work toward a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid.
“We have a significant opportunity to improve the health and financial well-being of our families, strengthen our economy, and improve our state’s financial future,” said Hassan.
In order for a consensus to be achieved, Democrats, who control the House, will need the support of Republicans, who hold a 13-to-11 seat lead in the Senate.
An attempt to come to such an agreement failed earlier this year during regular session. Instead, a bipartisan advisory panel was established to hear testimony from state and national experts for almost four months. They eventually concluded with a unanimous recommendation that New Hampshire expand Medicaid through the promised $2.5 billion in federal funding while also considering private insurance options and ways to protect taxpayers.
StateTrack‘s Cheryl Robins reports that Gov. Mike Beebe (D) called for a special session in the Arkansas General Assembly to address the forthcoming health insurance rate increase for the Public School Employee Plan. The session will begin on Thursday at 3 p.m. and will likely conclude by the end of the day on Saturday.
One proposed measure would reduce the 2014 rate increase from 50 percent to 10 percent through the provision of $43 million in one-time surplus funds. Proposed legislation also would redirect future savings from the Education Facilities Partnership Fund; modify requirements for Teacher Professional Development; establish a task force to study and revise the Public School Employees Plan; and clarify the distribution of state revenue generated from the Uniform Rate of Tax and direct that revenue to the Educational Facilities Partnership Fund.