Concord, NH – Today, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) objected to an interim rule proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services to move forward with the work requirements that were authorized by the 2018 legislature. Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) and House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement:

“The objection today by the Democratic led JLCAR was nothing more than a politicized stunt to circumvent the work requirements put into the Medicaid Expansion law which was negotiated in a bipartisan manner,” said Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro). “I am disappointed that some members of the committee would put 53,000 Granite Staters healthcare in jeopardy and undermine the bipartisan agreement on Medicaid Expansion. Republicans will continue to put the healthcare of New Hampshire citizens first while supporting work requirements for able-bodied adults.” “We worked tirelessly with members of both parties in both the House and Senate to get this work requirement to the Governor’s desk,” said House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack). “This was negotiated in good faith, and compromises were reached on both sides. Clearly, this was an organized effort by Democrats to bypass the bipartisan agreements made just this year.”