- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Health-care related spending accounts for nearly half of the 6.4 percent increase in Gov. Maggie Hassan’s proposed $11.5 billion budget.

The Department of Health and Human Services is the state’s largest agency and handles mental health, Medicaid, services for people with developmental disabilities and all other state health spending.

Hassan’s budget includes $12 million to continue New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion plan in the second half of 2017, when federal funding drops below 100 percent. Her proposal expands the substance abuse treatment program to the entire Medicaid population.

It also includes roughly $24 million for mental health services, such as the creation of a new crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital.

Hassan’s budget predicts $70 million less in the general fund as a result of the settlement with hospitals.

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