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Economic Stimulus Package "Good News" for NH Unemployed

February 4, 2009

Concord, NH – A rescue for the rest of us: That's a message popping up as the U.S. Senate works on its version of the economic stimulus package – with Senate leaders hoping for a vote by Friday.

New Hampshire residents out of their jobs could limit some of their losses, under the plan before the Senate. One provision would help those who are unemployed keep health coverage – and a study by Families USA shows that four out of five low- to middle-income workers lose their health insurance along with their job.

National Association of Social Workers-New Hampshire Chapter executive director Steve Gorin says the health insurance help is a good example of a "rescue for the rest of us."

"It enables Medicaid to provide coverage to people who have unemployment benefits, and as the unemployment rate goes up, I think that is going to become increasingly important."

Gorin says aid to states in the package is also important, since states are on the front line in helping residents through tough times.

"We've bailed out all sorts of corporations. I think we really have to think of the people and what they're going through, and the incredible suffering."

A new Gallup poll shows 75 percent of Americans want Congress to pass an economic stimulus bill. Critics of the package say it costs too much, could spark inflation, and some want to see more tax breaks for businesses in the plan.

The Families USA report, "Unemployed and Uninsured in America," will be released Feb. 6. The Gallup poll mentioned is at

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - NH