Medicare still a critical issue

To the editor:

The New Hampshire Senate failed by one vote to pass the Medicaid expansion proposal in 2013. This, we are told, was because the Senate was unable to reach agreement in negotiating details with the House, which had passed its own proposal. In January, the House has passed a new bill and Gov. Maggie Hassan has urged the two houses to resolve their differences and pass Medicaid expansion legislation.

This legislation is important for New Hampshire’s lower income citizens of which there are an estimated 50,000 who could quality for new Medicaid coverage. Without this coverage many can be expected to avoid seeking help until really sick and then to go to hospital emergency rooms for costlier care and medicines for which they cannot afford to pay.

Failure to pass Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire would leave a particularly onerous burden on our own Monadnock Community Hospital and other providers of health care in the region. It would also constrain job creation for needed health care professionals and otherwise adversely affect our state economy.

Note that the 9th senatorial district extends from Bedford in the east to Peterborough in the west. The Senator in Concord representing this district, including Peterborough and the Monadnock Community Hospital, who voted against Medicaid Expansion, is Bedford Republican Andy Sanborn. Unlike Sara Palin, who claimed she could see Russia from her kitchen window, Mr. Sanborn seems unable to see Peterborough from his in Bedford. It is important for you to know who represents you in Concord.

John Vance


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