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NH Risks Leaving Millions in "Critical" Federal Funding on Table

PHOTO: The clock is ticking for New Hampshire to decide whether to accept $5 million from the federal government to help educate 130,000 residents about health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
PHOTO: The clock is ticking for New Hampshire to decide whether to accept $5 million from the federal government to help educate 130,000 residents about health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith
May 23, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. - Five million dollars is there for the taking to help local residents understand their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act - but first, lawmakers need to accept the offer. Lisa Kaplan Howe, policy director, New Hampshire Voices for Health, said around 130,000 local residents currently have no health care plan, and likely have no experience understanding the ins-and-outs of co-pays and deductibles. That is why her group is calling on lawmakers to accept full funding for education and outreach to help Granite Staters understand their options, Howe said.

"We've got a window here that we risk missing as far as the funding, but more importantly, we risk missing as far people's needs. As soon as possible, they need the information that people are going to have an obligation to have coverage as of January 1," she said.

Some New Hampshire lawmakers oppose accepting the funding because they are against the Affordable Care Act in general. Howe counters that accepting the money would result in local control over the education and outreach plan.

Nancy Clark chairs the health care stakeholders group of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association. She said it is unthinkable that lawmakers could decide to leave local residents in the dark about their health options when they need it most.

"It's absolutely critical," she stressed. "Without the education and the outreach, our citizens here in New Hampshire will not have the information they need to get the right insurance plans for themselves and their families."

Clark said she is sold on the positive benefits of providing health insurance access, both as a mom and as the owner of Glen Group, a small business in North Conway.

"Certainly, it's critical to productivity and a healthy lifestyle. Small businesses, if they can afford it, should always offer a mechanism for health insurance for their employees," she said.

Advocates say the outreach and education needs to start by mid-summer if it is going to be effective.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NH