“Today’s vote in the New Hampshire House to pass HB 1696 and reauthorize the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP) represents a significant step forward for patients, providers, businesses and our state’s economy,” said NHHA President Steve Ahnen.

Approving the reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program ensures private health insurance coverage to more than 48,000 low-income, uninsured New Hampshire residents so that they can continue to get the primary and preventative care they need.   In addition, reauthorizing the Health Protection Program reduces the number of uninsured patients seeking care in emergency rooms; reduces the amount of uncompensated care provided by hospitals to those without insurance; and reduces the cost shift or “hidden tax” to those with insurance.

“This is one of the most significant, bipartisan pieces of legislation that our Legislators will face this year, and we applaud their efforts for passing this bill onto the Senate.  Their commitment to addressing one of the biggest challenges facing our businesses and health care system today is commendable, and we look forward to continuing this progress in the Senate,” Ahnen added.

 

Steve Ahnen is president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association