By the Numbers: Adding Up How the Health Reform Law is Helping New Hampshire Families

  • 8,330 young adults in New Hampshire gained insurance coverage as a result of the new health care law as of June 2011.

  • 14,156 people with Medicare in New Hampshire received a $250 rebate to help cover the cost of their prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole in 2010.

  • 13,187 people with Medicare received a 50 percent discount on their covered brand-name prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole in 2011. This discount resulted in an average savings of $621 per person, and a total savings of $8,187,145 in New Hampshire.

  • 163,746 people with Medicare in New Hampshire received free preventive services - such as mammograms and colonoscopies - or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor. And 54 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing.

  • 279,000 people with private insurance in New Hampshire gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing.

  • 545,000 residents, including 208,000 women and 140,000 children, are free from worrying about lifetime limits on coverage. The law also restricts the use of annual limits and bans them completely in 2014.

  • 306 previously uninsured residents of New Hampshire who were locked out of the coverage system because of a pre-existing condition are now insured through a new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that was created under the new health reform law.

For details, references, and full issue brief from the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, click here.