Of behalf of our hospitals and the patients they serve throughout New Hampshire, we’re extremely disappointed that the Senate continues to put forth legislation that jeopardizes health care coverage for millions of Americans, including tens of thousands of Granite State residents, in their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate’s revised health care bill continues to be catastrophic for our most vulnerable citizens, including those with chronic conditions and disabilities, as well as the elderly. In addition, it doesn’t address the significant reductions in federal spending which cut more than $1.5 billion in Medicare reimbursements to hospitals in New Hampshire through 2026, and maintains the imposition of caps on Medicaid spending, estimated to result in more than $1.4 billion in reduced federal investments in New Hampshire’s Medicaid program, downshifting costs to the states and underfunding the cost of providing care to Medicaid patients. These cuts are unsustainable and their lasting impact would dramatically affect our hospitals’ ability to serve the patients and communities who depend on them every day.
Protecting health coverage for our most vulnerable citizens remains our priority, and because of that, we remain opposed to the Senate’s revised health care bill. On behalf of our hospitals and the patients they serve, we urge the Senate to create bipartisan legislation that protects health care coverage for our most vulnerable citizens and provides coverage for those who need it most.
Steve Ahnen is president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association