LRGHLakes Region General Hospital (Laconia, New Hampshire)
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LRGH had earlier announced that a dozen of its primary care offices would no longer provide services to some 3,500 current and new Medicaid patients after the middle of November.
Lynch dismissed the explanation offered by LRGH officials that the measures were taken to offset reductions in Medicaid reimbursement rates by noting that reimbursement rates for physician services have not been reduced.
Noting that LRGH joined nine of the state's largest hospitals in suing the state for failing to adequately fund the Medicaid program, Lynch suggested that "it seems LRGHealthcare is punishing patients to advance its political and legal case.
Lynch's rebuke marked a widening rift that opened in 2009 when LRGH led the effort that thwarted his effort to transfer the surplus of the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association, or JUA, to the state general fund--a struggle still being waged in court.