New Hampshire Governor Fights Subpoena Over Efforts to Dip Into Malpractice Fund to Reduce Budget Deficit

The governor and attorney general of New Hampshire are fighting a subpoena to testify about state efforts to take $110 million from a malpractice fund to plug a budget hole. Policyholders of the medical malpractice Joint Underwriting Association are suing its board for breach of financial responsibility. Health care providers have paid into the fund for years. The lawsuit claims that Gov. John Lynch and Attorney General Michael Delaney 's Office instructed the board not to fight efforts to take the money “and also ordered them to fire their lawyer and to conceal the opinion that that private lawyer gave the JUA board, which expressed concern about the legality of the proposed taking," the attorney representing the policyholders said.

Lynch and Delaney strongly deny the allegations. Delaney’s office took a position that the JUA is a state entity and continues to take that position today, despite a superior court decision stating otherwise.

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