State needs to  expand Medicare

To the editor:

On Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 27, I was able to find a seat in an otherwise standing-room-only Representatives Hall of the State House in Concord. The hall was filled with people from around New Hampshire who were attending an open meeting of a special legislative committee considering Medicaid Expansion.

The meeting began with testimony from a number of specialists in various health-related fields. They presented well-organized and dispassionate examinations of the needs of specific groups within the state. Each specialist, too, emphasized the importance of accepting the full federal contribution of Medicaid dollars.

The committee’s chairman, James Varnum, then opened the meeting to the floor – and skillfully ensured that comments did not exceed two minutes. Even with this limitation, citizens from all over the state related moving personal stories, and expressed strong personal opinions. With only one exception, these individuals favored Medicaid expansion.

The message to the committee from this coalition of experts and New Hampshire citizens was clear: promote Medicaid expansion for our state.

Tony Scholl


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