Concord, NH - House Republicans voted to make further cuts to health care services for New Hampshire women last week. The House Commerce Committee passed HB309 [Bill Text] which will allow insurance providers to refuse to cover midwife services. Midwives can often be the most accessible safe way for many women in New Hampshire to give birth.
"HB309 will cut access to affordable health care for women and limit individual control over how women choose to give birth to their children," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. "This bill isn't about cutting costs. It is part of a reckless agenda aimed at cutting access to affordable health care for New Hampshire women and killing New Hampshire jobs."
Earlier this year state Republicans eliminated preventative health care services from thousands of New Hampshire women through their efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. HB309 would force nearly two dozen birthing facilities and midwives in the Granite State out of business.
HB309 was voted out of the Commerce Committee and will now head to the full House for a vote. [gencourt.state.nh.us] New Hampshire was the 9th state in the nation to legalize and license midwifery and requires significant training, experience, and testing to become a certified midwife. [nh.gov]
"From the job killing budget to relentless attacks on health care for women, the reckless Republican agenda has been an unmitigated disaster this year," added Kirstein. "That is why for the third straight time, polls have shown that voters view the Republican legislature as one of the top three problems facing the state."