A Win for Access to Healthcare in New Hampshire


Last month the Legislature voted to continue the NH Health Protection Program for another two years!  The American Heart Association knows providing low wage workers access to affordable healthcare is key to the prevention of heart disease and stroke.  For the past two years, nearly 47,000 Granite Staters have been able to access preventive healthcare through New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion program.  Without legislative action though, this successful program would have ended on December 31 of this year. For heart disease and stroke patients and those at risk, access to quality, affordable care is critical.  We know Medicaid beneficiaries with heart disease are twice as likely to take their medication appropriately, to have their blood pressure controlled and to have been checked for high cholesterol, compared to those who are uninsured.  NH has already seen success of this program, such as a reduction of over 20% of uninsured patients using hospital emergency rooms for non-critical healthcare services. 

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