To The Daily Sun,
The N.H. Legislature is meeting this week in Special Session to consider alternative plans by which the state could expand its Medicaid program. This is a critical conversation.
Since the Affordable Care Act anticipated the expansion of Medicaid in all states, the failure to do so impacts one portion of the population very significantly.
Without expansion of N.H.'s Medicaid program, individuals with incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level will not have access to health insurance. In N.H., that means about 37,000 individuals with incomes of less than $11,000 annually.
This is the very population that stands to benefit the most from Medicaid's benefits. Without expansion, these individuals will continue to rely on the emergency rooms for health care and will, because of cost, avoid preventative measures that could prevent more serious medical conditions.
Please contact your Belknap County state representatives and senators and urge them to support a Medicaid expansion solution that includes the most vulnerable and needy citizens in our state!
Kate Miller, Chair
Belknap County Democrats