Manchester, NH - Sen. Hassan has a well known record of advocating for policies that will make health care in New Hampshire more expensive. While she is best known for trying to institute her own version of Obamacare - MaggieCare - here, and her ongoing support for new and expensive mandates, her vote to dramatically increase health care facility fees is “Maggie’s Tax of the Day” for September 27, 2012.
At the start of 2009, residential care and health care facilities were classified under four licensing categories and paid annual fees ranging from a per bed fee of $2.50 to a laboratory fee of $65 per service. By the end of 2009, the governing statutes had grown to include 21 new categories and facilities were charged annual fees ranging up to $500!
For hospitals, the annual bed fee increased from $2.50 to $25 per bed (900% increase), laboratory fees increased from $65 to $150 per service (130% increase), the licensing fee for home health care providers jumped from $20 to $250 annually (1,150% increase), and the list goes on.
Not only did these outrageous fee increases spike costs for our hospitals and care facilities, they also drove up insurance costs and out-of-pocket expenses for New Hampshire residents.
Health care costs are a major concern for families in businesses in New Hampshire. Granite Staters simply can’t afford Sen. Hassan’s solutions.
Background: As a State Senator:
Maggie Hassan SUPPORTED the increase in health care facility fees. Hassan voted YEA on adopting the Committee of Conference Report (2333CofC) for the bill. 6/24/2009. Vote #104, HB2.