The so-called New Hampshire Health Protection Program is the formal title given to the bill, but represents the effort of the New Hampshire legislature to pass into law a subset of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as Medicaid expansion. It allows those individuals who do not qualify for healthcare subsidies under the ACA to acquire healthcare services through the Medicaid program. The Democratic-majority NH House passed the bill last year, but the Republican-majority senate would not concur. Negotiations continued into the spring of this year, when both House and Senate came to agreement.
Medicaid expansion was an original component of the ACA, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that expansion must be left to the individual states. As of mid-July, 25 state legislatures and the District of Columbia have opted to expand. Among those states, the percentage of uninsured between the ages of 19 to 64 years of age fell from 20 percent to 10 percent. The percentage of uninsured individuals among states refusing to opt into Medicaid expansion hovers at 36 percent. Among ACA enrollees who obtained coverage through Medicaid or private health insurance issued through the ACA, 63 percent did not have health coverage, so either went without care and recovered or died, or went without care and got worse, necessitating expensive emergency-room treatment, or simply secured non-emergency care at the emergency room, passing costs on to those of us who pay for our care … about $1000 added to our premiums each year before passage of the ACA.
Passage of the Affordable Care Act represents a new dawn in healthcare opportunities for millions of Americans, in addition to securing better health, creating a new sense of personal independence, and promoting social and economic security.
Access to affordable health care is a moral issue. It is a national disgrace that millions nationwide continue to be denied access to affordable health care; that the Republican-majority U.S. House of Representatives has voted more than 50 times to repeal what it disparagingly calls ObamaCare; that the party continues to threaten repeal if given the opportunity after the November election.
You know what to do on November 4 to practice the art of self defense: Vote for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Elections have consequences, especially this mid-term election.
See Governor Hassan's statement below, as well as important Affordable Care Act facts courtesy of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Contact: William Hinkle
Office: (603) 271-2121; Cell: (336) 682-8799
Governor Hassan’s Statement on Beginning of New Hampshire Health Protection Program Coverage
CONCORD – After coverage under the bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP) began today for 10,405 Granite Staters, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:
“In just over six weeks, 10,405 Granite Staters successfully signed up for affordable, quality health coverage as part of our bipartisan health care expansion plan. With the coverage beginning today, thousands of hard-working people and families now have the security and peace of mind that they deserve.
“The New Hampshire Health Protection Program will strengthen the health and economic well-being of New Hampshire families, businesses and communities. I am proud that we were able to work across party lines and meet aggressive timelines so that thousands have access to health care coverage starting today, and we anticipate thousands more applying in the coming months. I look forward to continuing to work with legislators from both parties, our federal partners and the hard-working public servants at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Insurance to maximize the benefits of health care expansion for all of our people and businesses.”
Earlier today, Governor Hassan helped kick off the beginning of coverage under the NHHPP at Families First Health & Support Center in Portsmouth, where she also presented a proclamation for Community Health Center Week. For the full text of the Governor’s Community Health Center Week proclamation, click here.
NH State Representative
Strafford County District #3
Strafford and New Durham
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