The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies, a nonpartisan, independent organization that pursues data-based research on public policy issues, developed an HIA on the health implications of selected budget proposals in the state budget process.
The HIA assessed the potential health impacts of transferring the financial burden of providing services to needy New Hampshire residents from the state to local communities. Also called “downshifting,” the state would cut the aid or programs without reducing local communities’ obligations to pay for those services. The HIA compared the potential impact on health of three programmatic changes: elimination of state aid to local communities; reductions in hospital Medicaid reimbursement rates; and changes to the state’s grants to low income families through its Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.
The HIA offered some options for mitigating the potential impacts, including:
As a result of the work conducted by the HIA, legislation was introduced to study the implications of downshifting. This legislation did not pass.