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On behalf of New Hampshire’s hospitals and the patients they serve, we couldn’t be more pleased with today’s signing of Senate Bill 313, which transforms the NH Health Protection Program (NHHPP) into the Granite Advantage Health Care Program (GAHCP).

This vital program ensures that more than 52,000 low-income, previously uninsured New Hampshire residents maintain essential health coverage needed to be seen by a primary care doctor or in a health clinic, to receive important primary and preventive care, cost-effective management of chronic conditions, and life-saving mental health and substance use services. 

Hospitals have long supported New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program, as it 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, and we look forward to continuing those trends under the Granite State Health Care Program.

Signing SB 313 into law is testament of the state’s commitment to assure that New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens will continue to be able to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and we’re proud to be a partner in this statewide effort to improve the health of our patients and communities.

 

Steve Ahnen

President, New Hampshire Hospital Association