New Hampshire GOP Asks Governor to Work on Budget Changes

September 4, 2009

New Hampshire Republican legislators want Gov. John Lynch to work with them on budget changes should the state lose its claim to $110 million in a medical malpractice fund.

Republican legislators held a news conference Wednesday to issue their plea and to request that the Democratic governor share with them cost-saving ideas generated by department heads at Lynch’s request.

In July, a Superior Court judge denied the state’s claim to the money in a fund that underwrites malpractice insurance. The state is appealing, arguing the money is for health care spending in the state budget.

Lawyers for Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia and other policyholders of the Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association argue the state has no right to the money.

The Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments on Oct. 15.

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