Republicans Reject Streamlining Enrollment for Free and Reduced Lunch
April 21, 2022
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3375
CONCORD – Today, Senate Republicans passed a floor amendment to HB 1627 which stripped out the requirement of the department of education to seek participation in the Medicaid direct certification methodology for school meals program.
After the vote, Senate Education Committee members Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) and Senator Sue Prentiss (D-West Lebanon) issued the following statement:
“New Hampshire is currently facing significant under-enrollment in our free and reduced lunch program. HB 1627 as passed by the House would have allowed the state to try something new in order to increase the accuracy of our adequacy numbers, reduce the stigma around filling out the free and reduced lunch paperwork and more accurately distribute adequacy funding for our school districts. Removing this language while citing baseless claims of invasions of privacy ignores the expert testimony of our state agencies and ignores the very real issue of food insecurity among our children.”