Legislators, expand Medicaid
To the editor:
I am deeply disappointed that the New Hampshire Senate put politics above the health and well being of New Hampshire citizens in opposing the expansion of the Medicaid Program. Medicaid expansion will provide access to health care for 58,000 of the state’s low-income residents, and for the first three years of the program 100 percent of the cost will be paid by the federal government. After that, the federal government’s share will gradually decrease to 90 percent of the cost.
Funding health care for all residents should be a priority, regardless of political views and opposition to taxes.
I also support Medicaid expansion because it will significantly improve access to substance use/addiction services. Studies have shown that New Hampshire has a substance abuse epidemic and Medicaid expansion will help address this serious problem. Our federal tax dollars should go to New Hampshire residents, not just those in other states, to improve access for mental health services, including alcohol and drug abuse treatment.