New Hampshire Citizens Alliance
Statement on NH Senate Passage of HB 1696, Reauthorizing New Hampshire Health Protection Program
Bipartisan vote on Medicaid expansion reauthorization means more than 48,000 Granite Staters can access preventive and primary health care coverage
CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Senate voted 16-8 today to pass HB 1696, reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. Statement from Granite State Progress Education Fund Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:
“We applaud the Senate reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program, which will ensure that more than 48,000 Granite Staters currently on the program can continue to have affordable access to preventative and primary care in New Hampshire. Families struggling in low wage jobs or caught between tough times don’t need health concerns to further hold them back. Being able to see a doctor when you are sick or access preventative care means less time away from work and better health in the long run. We are pleased that the Senate vote had strong bi-partisan support, despite a handful of politicians who chose to stand in the way of New Hampshire families. The next step is to address the underlying reasons why so many Granite Staters are in need of this program. Raising wages, tackling outdated workplace policies that discriminate against women and minorities, and empowering families to be able to take control of their reproductive health are all important pieces of the overall puzzle.”
NH Citizens Alliance Executive Director Kary Jencks added, “The biggest issue for reauthorization was the percentage of the total cost the State of New Hampshire was required to cover. Let’s pay our workers the worth of their jobs so that New Hampshire women and families don’t need these safety nets; saving our tax payer dollars and in turn allowing hardworking families greater financial security.”
State Senators who stood with New Hampshire women and their families include the entire Democratic caucus and six Republicans: Senate President Chuck Morse (R), Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R), Sen. Jerry Little (R), Sen. Nancy Stiles (R), Sen. David Boutin (R), Sen. Sam Cataldo (R), Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn (D), Sen. Lou D'Allesandro (D), Sen. Andrew Hosmer (D), Sen. Molly Kelly (D), Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D), Sen. David Pierce (D), Sen. Dan Feltes (D), Sen. Bette Lasky (D), Sen. Donna Soucy (D), and Sen David Watters (D).
State Senators who stood in the way of access to health care coverage for Granite State families are Sen. Jeanie Forrester (R), Sen. Andy Sanborn (R), Sen. Gary Daniels (R), Sen. Kevin Avard (R), Sen. Sharon Carson (R), Sen. John Reagan (R), Sen. Regina Birdsell (R), and Sen. Russell Prescott (R).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Zandra Rice Hawkins