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Tuesday
Apr142015

NHDP - Legislature’s Failure to Protect Medicaid Expansion Could Lead to Increased Rates

Legislature’s Failure to Protect Medicaid Expansion Could Lead to Increased Rates for All Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace
 
Concord, N.H. – After the O’Brien-Jasper House budget removed the Governor’s proposal to continue New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion plan, the Associated Press highlighted that the longer the legislature waits to act, the greater the effect could be on rates for all Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace.  
 
Jennifer Patterson of the state’s Insurance Department told the AP, "The decisions that (insurance companies) make and any uncertainties that result from what's going on in the legislative process, all of that gets played out in the rate development, and that is reflected across the entire private market."
 
Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire, told the AP, "It has huge implications on the prices people pay." 
 
“Even if the legislature eventually agrees to do the responsible thing and continue the state’s successful Medicaid expansion plan, by dragging their feet New Hampshire Republicans could cause increased rates for all Granite Staters on the Health Insurance Marketplace,” added New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  
 
“The evidence shows that New Hampshire’s expansion plan is working, and it’s time for members of both parties to come together and maintain our commitment to New Hampshire’s people, businesses, and economy by continuing the state’s expansion plan,” added Buckley.
 
BACKGROUND
 
Steve Ahnen and Henry Lipman: “Medicaid expansion is unquestionably helping Granite Staters”
… the question many will, and should, ask as the debate over reauthorization of the NHHPP goes on is: “Is it working?” While we are only a few months into the implementation of the NHHPP, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.” … As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, hospitals across New Hampshire saw a 17 percent reduction in the number of people who were treated in the emergency department who did not have insurance. We are also seeing reductions in the number of patients being treated in the inpatient and outpatient departments as well. We will continue to monitor these trends, but we expect that number will grow as more people become eligible for the program. [Union Leader, 4/13/15]
Thursday
Feb052015

NHDP - Frank Guinta Votes to Repeal Health Coverage from Over 70,000 Granite Staters 

Concord, N.H. – Instead of focusing on the priorities that will help support New Hampshire’s businesses, middle class families and economy, Frank Guinta voted yesterday to repeal health coverage from over 70,000 Granite Staters.   
 
The vote marked the 56th(!) time that House Republicans have voted to repeal and undermine the Affordable Care Act.
 
“It’s shameful but telling that Frank Guinta and House Republicans’ number one priority is not supporting our businesses, middle class families and economy, but rather trying to repeal health coverage from more than 70,000 Granite Staters,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Press Secretary Aaron Jacobs. “Repealing the Affordable Care Act would not only take away the health and economic security that comes from quality health coverage, but it would also increase the deficit and reverse our progress to slow the growth of health care costs.”
 
“The people of New Hampshire deserve elected representatives in Washington who will work together to move our economy forward, not play political games with Granite Staters’ health and economic well-being,” added Jacobs

Wednesday
Apr022014

NHDP - ALL of the Out-of-Touch, Koch-Backed Republican Federal Candidates Oppose Extending Health Insurance

NHGOP Recruits for Senate, Congress Running on “Repeal” Agenda, Aligned with Third Party Special Interests

Concord, NH—Last week, as Governor Maggie Hassan signed a law that will give 50,000 New Hampshire families access to health insurance, ALL of New Hampshire’s Republican candidates for federal office continued to stand in fierce opposition to Medicaid Expansion, even while a majority of the Republican caucus in the State House supported the measure. By opposing Medicaid Expansion, Republican candidates Scott Brown, Frank Guinta, Dan Innis, Marilinda Garcia, and Gary Lambert continue to prove they are members of the Republican establishment who havedrank the Kool-Aid, running on a Koch-Rove agenda at the expense of New Hampshire’s families.
 
 “Frankly, it’s no surprise that all of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s candidates—Brown, Guinta, Innis, Garcia, and Lambert—are opposing a bipartisan, commonsense initiative that will expand health coverage to 50,000 more families in our state,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “This was an important compromise made between both parties in the New Hampshire Legislature and Governor Hassan to ensure that tens of thousands of families will no longer have to choose between getting the care they need and going bankrupt. New Hampshire families deserve representatives that put their concerns before the third party special interests spending millions of dollars to get their candidates elected so they can represent Big Oil and Wall Street.”
 
Republican Senate President Chuck Morse praised the bipartisan Medicaid Expansion compromise as “a New Hampshire solution.”  The New Hampshire Business and Industry Association announced support for expansion, citing that “health care providers aren’t reimbursed for treating uninsured patients, which ultimately impacts the amount cost-shifted onto other payers, such as businesses and their employees.”  The state senate passed expansion with broad bipartisan support including the more than half of the Republican caucus. And Republicans Fergus Cullen and Rep. Herb Richardson have publicly stated that they have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, the latter even interrupting Brown’s speech in his home to tell him that the ACA has been a “financial lifesaver.”
Friday
Mar072014

AUFC Lauds NH Senate for Voting to Expand Medicaid

www.americansunitedforchange.org

Clearing Path for 50,000 Granite Staters to Finally Access Quality, Affordable Health Care

Washington DC – Hailing it as a major victory for New Hampshire’s health and economy, Americans United for Change praised the New Hampshire Senate for passing the bipartisan Health Protection Program (SB 413), legislation to accept available federal resources to cover the around 50,000 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.  With bipartisan support, the SB 413 cleared the Republican-controlled Senate by an 18-5 margin and is now on all-but-certain path to becoming law as it now goes before a Democratic-controlled state House and a supportive Governor. 

This week Americans United for Change aired radio ads in Manchester and Concord appealing to Senators to support a healthier New Hampshire and taking to task State Sens. Andy Sanborn (R-District-09) and John Reagan (R-District-17) for their vocal, Tea Party-influenced opposition.  Listen to ‘No Way to Live’ here: http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/press/releases/with_vote_set_in_nh_state_senate_on_medicaid_expansion_new_ad_says_uninsure/

Brad Woodhouse, President, Americans United for Change: “Lives will be saved, health will be improved, and insurance premiums will come down in New Hampshire as a direct result of what the state Senate did today, and they should be proud.  The Senate listened to the chorus of Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, families, small business owners and the clear majority of voters who understand the economic and health benefits for the state in accepting these federal resources, including hundreds of new health sector jobs and less cost shifting onto the insured to make up for uncompensated care. A healthier New Hampshire means a wealthier New Hampshire.”

A new survey out this week from New England College showed that two-thirds (66 percent) of New Hampshire residents support SB413, while just 25 percent opposes it and 10 percent said they are unsure.  Until the bitter end, Tea Party beholden lawmakers like Sens. Sanborn and Reagan repeated their poor ‘sticker shock’ excuse for why they opposed SB 413, despite the fact 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.

Wednesday
Mar052014

AUFC - New Ad Campaign Appeals to NH Lawmakers To Support Medicaid Expansion

UPDATE: The targeted version of the radio ad that begins airing in NH tomorrow will now take to task State Sen. John Reagan, in addition to Sen. Andy Sanborn, for their vocal opposition to the Health Protection Program (SB 413).  Reagan’s flip-flop for and now against SB 413 was a cruel joke at the expense of the clear majority of state residents and all the Granite State hospitals, doctors, nurses, and small business owners who support this life and cost saving legislation – and only his extreme Tea Party fan base find it funny. Sen. Reagan deserves to be held accountable in the public square for playing political games with the health security of 42,000 Granite Staters.


Listen to the ad here: http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/press/releases/with_vote_set_in_nh_state_senate_on_medicaid_expansion_new_ad_says_uninsure/

 

§  BACKGROUND: Union Leader, Feb. 28: ‘After voting for it in committee, Sen. [John] Reagan says he opposes health care expansion compromise’

www.americansunitedforchange.org

New Ad Campaign Appeals to New Hampshire Lawmakers to Accept Federal Dollars to Cover 42,000 Uninsured Granite Staters 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’ :
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**Version Making Examples of State Sens. Andy Sanborn and John Rausch

 

Washington DCAmericans 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.

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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.