CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers face a Friday afternoon deadline to resolve differences over remaining issues, but no compromise is as critical as finding a fix for a tax on hospitals to avoid deep budget shortfalls.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and legislative leaders have been meeting privately with representatives of the state's hospitals to try to reach a deal. Meanwhile, the House and Senate will meet to try to negotiate a legislative step toward untangling the fiscal and legal questions surrounding the Medicaid Enhancement Tax that has been found unconstitutional by two state judges.
It's unclear if plans proposed by the House and Senate sufficiently address the legal issues involved in the tax unless the hospitals agree to a settlement crafted around a law change.