We want to thank you for all your actions on two priority policies moving through the NH Legislature and update you on their status following the final votes of the session. We have some good news, but also some bad news to share.
First the Bad News on Maternal Health/Postpartum:
The original bill which passed both the House and Senate was included along with a few other policies in a legislative Committee of Conference process this past week. This happens when lawmakers have a policy, which legislators approved, and another that failed to pass one chamber. In order to try and get them both passed, they are combined into a new bill and taken to conference. Unfortunately, one member of the Conference Committee could not agree to retain one policy in the new bill which prevented passage of the new bill.
As a result, Medicaid's postpartum healthcare coverage will remain at 60 days for at least another year. We will continue to work with partners to fight for this important policy. Please stay tuned to your email for updates on our next steps.
Now the Good News on Drinking Water Access in Schools:
The policy to require water bottle filling stations in all newly constructed schools and schools undergoing major renovations passed the Legislature without substantial change and is being enrolled. From there it will head to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.
We truly appreciate that you made your voice heard on these important health policies. Our success is not possible without your outreach to lawmakers. Thank you for being part of the relentless force for longer healthier lives in the Granite State.
Now, let’s celebrate our win!
Nancy and Rebecca