The New Hampshire Hospital Association released the below statement on the Senate vote to reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan:

“We applaud today’s bi-partisan vote by the NH Senate to reauthorize the NH Health Protection Program. Their leadership in addressing one of the biggest challenges facing our health care system today is commendable, as is their commitment to a New Hampshire-based solution that benefits patients, providers and businesses of New Hampshire,” said Steve Ahnen.

Approving the reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program ensures private health insurance coverage to more than 48,000 low-income, uninsured New Hampshire residents so that they can continue to get the primary and preventative care they need. To date, the program has successfully reduced the number of uninsured patients seeking care in emergency rooms; reduced the amount of uncompensated care provided by hospitals to those without insurance; and reduced the cost shift to those with insurance.

“Today’s vote in the New Hampshire Senate to reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP) represents a significant step forward for patients, providers, businesses and our state’s economy,” added Ahnen.

 

Steve Ahnen is president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association