NH Sen. Cataldo demands public input as health care options shrink

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

SB 340 would open up Health Care Exchange decisions to the public

Concord, NH – Sen. Sam Cataldo (R- Farmington) is pushing for greater transparency in New Hampshire’s health care marketplace, as the Senate Commerce Committee held a public hearing on his legislation, SB 340.  The bill would require the New Hampshire Department of Insurance to hold public hearings before approving insurance plans offered on the New Hampshire Exchange.

“Last year, thousands of New Hampshire families learned too late that their doctors and hospitals were being dropped from their health insurance plans,” Cataldo said. “State officials made these recommendations with no notice, and no public comment.”

Half of New Hampshire’s hospitals have been excluded from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s narrow network. Many hospitals were never given the chance to remain in the network before they were dropped to meet the mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

“Families across New Hampshire liked their health care plan. They liked their doctor. But they couldn’t keep them,” Cataldo added. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Commerce Committee to make sure these important decisions are made in the light of day.