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NH Senate Voting on Health Compact Bill

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Senate is considering whether the state should form an interstate compact to assume control for health care within state boundaries.

The House passed the bill in March that proposes that New Hampshire join with other states in delivering health care to its residents. Under the bill, the states would receive block grants from the federal government and would take over Medicare and Medicaid. Congress would have to approve the compact for it to take effect.

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House Republican Leader D.J. Bettencourt sponsored the bill which seeks to free the state from the mandates of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). The bill would supersede any federal health care law.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is recommending the Senate vote Wednesday to study the idea.