He said there should be no waiting list, adding that the House budget includes money to get many families off that list as well as restoring in-home and other support functions that were underfunded in the last budget.
“Over the years, the state has balanced the budget on the backs of people with disabilities,” he said.
Among the many who spoke in favor of Medicaid expansion was Steve Ahnen, President of the New Hampshire Hospitals Association.
“There are currently over 130,000 people in New Hampshire who lack health insurance coverage and this would reduce those numbers dramatically,” he said.
Others called for increased funding for community based social services for families and at-risk youth as well as nursing homes and long-term care services.
The Senate will vote on its budget plan in early June and then will meet with the House to negotiate a final budget.