The 2015/2016 legislature finished their work on June 16, 2016. While this session was not a budget year it was extremely busy and actually began early with the Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Epidemic convening in December 2015. There were dozens of proposed bills related to the opioid/heroin crisis that were considered during the task force deliberations and all were introduced as bills with many being expedited for hearings in January. 

The reauthorization of the New Hampshire Health ProtectionPlan was a high priority for many legislative leaders as well as the Governor. With many stakeholders’ active advocacy, led by the hospitals, the effort paid off with the reauthorization of the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan bill being signed into law by Governor Hassan in April.

The June 30, 2016 sunset date of the Certificate of Need program prompted the NHHA to develop an alternative proposal with a focus on patient safety and quality. The Special Health Care Service License bill, SB 481, amends the existing health facility licensing statute to protect public safety, assure access to essential health care services and ensures the quality and safety for patients receiving each special health care service. The bill was signed into law earlier this month and becomes effective on July 1, 2016.

The NH Health Care Quality Commission was extended for another five years and the legislation added two additional public members to the commission. The commission has had enormous success in implementing statewide patient safety programs in our facilities and achieving measureable improvements in adopting processes known to prevent patient harm. 

Please find below a downloadable list of all new state laws affecting hospitals as a result of the 2016 NH Legislative Session.

New State Laws Affecting Hospitals

2016 New Hampshire Legislation

*Links to the bills and affected statutes are provided below.  Please note that the online RSAs are provided for ease of reference, however they have not yet been revised with the enacted changes.

 

Below you'll find our most recent Legislative Newsletters: 

May 2016 Legislative Newsletter

April 2016 Legislative Newsletter

March 2016 Legislative Newsletter

February 2016 Legislative Newsletter  

 

NHHA Advocacy Staff

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Kathy Bizarro-Thunberg, Executive VP, Federal Relations

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Paula Minnehan, VP, State Government Relations

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Debbie Augustine, Legislative Assistant

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