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Senate Bill 413 shows what Yankee ingenuity can come up with

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To The Daily Sun,

I want to compliment the Senate Committee for coming up with a uniquely New Hampshire solution for bringing health coverage to 50,000 Granite Staters who currently don't have medical insurance.

Senate Bill 413 will allow New Hampshire to accept the federal money which will pay for 100 percent of the costs of caring for our low-income neighbors at no cost to the state. I hope that Senator Forrester and her peers will support SB-413.

This legislation shows what Yankee ingenuity can come up with when we work together. The plan grants access to health care for low-income New Hampshire residents at no cost to taxpayers and without expanding state government. It demonstrates that New Hampshire knows how to work smarter rather than harder and is willing to help out our friends and neighbors.

I was very sorry when the Senate voted down a similar bill last December. If we don't pass SB-413, those 50,000 neighbors of ours will be left out and cost all of us millions of dollars in uncompensated health care. I hope that this time Senator Forrester and her fellow senators will pass this legislation.

Sandra Heaney

Henry Whipple House