New Ad Campaign Appeals to New Hampshire Lawmakers to Accept Federal Dollars to Cover 42,000 Uninsured Constituents in Need and Keep Premiums Down for Everyone Else
Too Many New Hampshire Families Are Living Sick and One ER Visit Away from Bankruptcy When They Don’t Have To, and the NH State Senate Has a Chance to Do Something About It This Week
Click Below to Listen to ‘No Way to Live’ :
Washington DC – Americans United for Change is hitting the radio waves in New Hampshire this week to echo the calls on state lawmakers from Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, and small business owners to expand Medicaid, because it’s a win-win for the state: healthier citizens and a healthier economy. It comes as NH State Senate prepares to vote this week on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program (SB 413), legislation to accept available federal resources to cover the at least 42,000 workers in the state who are not impoverished enough to qualify for Medicaid and earn too much to qualify for subsidies to get private insurance in the new health law’s Exchange. The ad called ‘No Way to Live’ airing in Concord and Manchester reminds lawmakers of the added benefits of covering the working uninsured, including new jobs and lower premiums for everyone due to a significant reduction in uncompensated care at the ER. *See script and fact sheet below.
The ad comes on the heels of a new poll out this week from New England College showing that two-thirds (66 percent) of New Hampshire residents support the Health Protection legislation before the NH Senate, while just 25 percent opposes it and 10 percent said they are unsure. Last year, state Republicans narrowly blocked similar legislation in the NH Senate last year, claiming ‘sticker shock.’ It remains a very poor excuse today considering that the first three years are totally paid for by the federal government; and the additional spending starting in 2017 would amount to less than 3 percent more than what New Hampshire would have spent on Medicaid anyways in the absence of the health law. The economic and health benefits for New Hampshire of accepting Medicaid resources far outweigh the marginal added costs years down the road.
Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change “It’s unfortunate that New Hampshire Republicans decided last year they would rather stick it to the President than stick up for 42,000 of their uninsured constituents in need. In the end, they only managed to stick it to the rest of their constituents in the form of higher premiums to cover emergency room care that would have otherwise been compensated. Let’s hope this year these Republicans start listening to voices other than those from the Tea Party extreme and stop looking a gift horse in the mouth. Before they vote on the bi-partisan Health Protection Program, these lawmakers should listen to Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, small business owners and the clear majority of voters who see nothing but positive economic and health benefits for the state in accepting these resources sitting on the table – resources that are guaranteed to save lives, money, and create jobs.”
Americans United recently ran a similar ad campaign in Nebraska, urging its state legislature to do right by their constituents by expanding Medicaid.
Americans United for Change is a 501c4 issue-advocacy organization established in 2005 to beat back President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security and that has been working ever since to advance a progressive agenda in Congress including covering America’s uninsured and protecting Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security from benefit cuts.
“No Way to Live”
Americans United For Change
VERSION 1- Generic
Granite Staters are proud to live free or die. But why should so many live sick and die young when they don’t have to? Too many working families in New Hampshire lack access to quality, affordable health care and put off needed care until it requires an ambulance ride. Too many live one medical emergency away from bankruptcy. That’s no way to live – and everyone else winds up picking up the tab for uncompensated ER care – raising our premiums by nearly a thousand dollars a year. That could change though. Our State legislature could vote to accept available federal funds to provide health care to 42,000 hard-working Granite Staters. And more people insured in our state means more jobs to provide the care. Call your State Senator - tell them to support the bi-partisan Health Protection Plan, our economy, and lower premiums for all of us. Paid for by Americans United for Change.
VERSION 2 - Sens. Sanborn/ Rausch
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “If New Hampshire expands Medicaid, an additional 42,000 adults who will be newly eligible for the program will enroll.”
Harvard Medical School, September 17, 2009: “Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance … uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts.”
National Health Law Program, August 01, 2012 : “Medicaid Expansion will reduce adult death rates. In states that have already expanded Medicaid, mortality rates have been reduced significantly. Death rates were the greatest among adults between the ages of 35 and 64 years, people of color, and residents of low-income counties. Adults also experienced significant reductions in delays getting health care due to cost. Comparable states that did not expand Medicaid did not have similar results. A report in Tennessee concludes that expanding Medicaid coverage to 225,000 people would save 9 lives in the state every week for the next 10 years.”
Kaiser Family Foundation, Sep 26, 2013: “The average uninsured household has no net assets. Without sufficient income or assets to pay their medical bills, uninsured individuals often see their debts accumulate while their credit ratings are compromised. Medical debts contribute to almost half of all bankruptcies in the United States.”
American Academy of Actuaries, Sept. 2012: “[P]remium increases would likely be well more than two percent among states that don’t expand Medicaid. This would raise premiums for people buying coverage in the individual health insurance market without federal subsidies. It would also increase the costs the federal government must pay to subsidize the premiums of low- and moderate-income people.”
August 2013: “By decreasing the number of uninsured individuals, and leveraging federal dollars to provide those individuals with health care coverage, it is estimated that on average states can reduce uncompensated care spending by 50%. The reduction would also boost hospital profits, positively impacting state tax revenue and increasing the money flowing within a state economy.”
New Hampshire Dept. of Health and Human Services/The Lewin Group, January 2013: “Under Medicaid expansion, households will spend less on premiums, but under no expansion, there will be higher subsidies as more individuals obtain coverage through the Health Benefits Exchange (HBE). Also, because private coverage will require higher cost-sharing than Medicaid, without expansion, households will spend more on direct payments to providers. In total, under Medicaid expansion, we estimate that New Hampshire households will save a total of $92.1 million, or about $145 per year, on average.
Center for American Progress Action Fund, April 2, 2013: “When hundreds of thousands of individuals in a state are gaining health care coverage, there must also be thousands of health care professionals available to care for them. Likewise, there will be an increased demand for equipment for medical tests, the production of extra beds, more maintenance jobs at growing health care facilities—the list goes on. In short, Medicaid expansion is an engine for job creation.”
New Hampshire Dept. of Health and Human Services/The Lewin Group, January 2013: “Over the 2014 to 2020 analysis period, New Hampshire gains an average of 5,100 jobs under Medicaid expansion compared to a 4,400 gain under no expansion; this translates to about 700 more jobs across all sectors under expansion, compared to no expansion. Over the same 2014 to 2020 period, we estimate that under Medicaid expansion, the state will see a $2.8 billion increase in GSP, compared to a $2.5 billion increase under no expansion (Figure E-12). Personal income will also increase under both scenarios—an increase of $2.3 billion under expansion and an increase of $2.1 billion under no expansion, from 2014 to 2020. In 2014, gains in personal income translate to about $102 per capita under expansion and $91 per capita under Direct Payments Penalties Net Impact no expansion. Additionally, the state will gain new tax revenues under both scenarios, spurred by economic growth, but will see a greater increase under expansion compared to no expansion ($127 million and $114 million, respectively); this translates into an offset of $13.2 million if the state elects to expand Medicaid.”