FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept 18, 2012

Contact: John Clayton
Vice President for Communications
603-415-4255

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Hampshire's hospitals and health care providers could lose more than 2,000 jobs within the next year because of spending cuts called for under the federal deficit reduction plan.

The jobs estimate came from a new report prepared by Pittsburgh consulting firm Tripp Umbach for the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association. The report estimates that, within the first year of funding cuts, more than 496,000 jobs will be lost nationwide, including 2,337 jobs in New Hampshire.

This includes those workers directly employed by the health care sector, as well as other jobs supported by the purchases of health care organizations and their employees, the so-called "multiplier effect." The cuts are scheduled to begin next year and continue until 2021, where the estimated job loss in the Granite State could reach more than 3,600.

"New Hampshire's Congressional delegation needs to work with their colleagues in Congress to oppose proposals that will have a disproportionate impact on our hospitals and the patients and communities they serve," said New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen.

"Hospitals in New Hampshire are still confronted with the challenge of $258 million in cuts to Medicaid that were enacted as part of the current state budget," he added, "and drastic cuts at the federal level will only exacerbate those challenges for New Hampshire's hospitals and the patients and communities they serve."

To view the complete Tripp Umbach report, go to www.nhha.org

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Hospitals have been collaborating through the New Hampshire Hospital Association since 1934. The association's mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve.

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