To The Daily Sun,
The New Hampshire House recently voted to extend the Medicare expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion allows 38,000 New Hampshire residents to get health care coverage. This is only a temporary expansion, and will need to be reauthorized in two years.
The 38,000 people have the ability to go to doctors and health care services for preventive measures, rather wait until there is a crisis and use emergency rooms exclusively for their health care. This population works, but doesn't make enough money to buy health care even under the Affordable Health Care Act. This is a win-win for them and society at large.
They are kept healthier, they use less expensive services for their health care, and hospitals/doctors are reimbursed for the services provided. Without the expansion, those covered would use the more expensive services and hospitals wouldn't be reimbursed and would pass these costs on to the patients that have insurance and raise the costs of premiums.
In 2014 unreimbursed costs were $5 billion lower that they would have been without the expansion nationwide, per HHS. Our representatives in Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonboro, voted "no" to the expansion.
In this election there are two candidates that will vote "yes" to the expansion and will try to make it permanent. Paul Punturiei from Moultonborough, and Gary Chehames from Tuftonboro, are running for New Hampshire sate representative from Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonboro. The expansion makes sense for an economic view and is the oral thing to do for our fellow citizens. My vote will go to Paul and Gary in November.
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