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WATCH/LISTEN TO THE EVENT HERE:https://www.facebook.com/protectourcarenh/videos/308685240180100/

CONCORD, NH -- Today, Protect Our Care NH was joined by Congressman Chris Pappas, as well as representatives from Laconia Housing, Kent Street Coalition and the New Hampshire Alliance for Healthy Ageing on a Zoom roundtable to discuss how COVID-19 pandemic is hurting New Hampshire’s seniors. Participants looked at how the pandemic is impacting New Hampshire’s elder community, and emphasized the higher levels of support New Hampshire’s seniors and caretakers need through closing New Hampshire’s digital divide of broadband access, increasing federal and state cooperation with local organizations in the face of a once-in-a-lifetime public health crisis, and protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act.

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"The Trump administration's continued attempts to repeal health care protections during this pandemic are unconscionable," said Congressman Chris Pappas. "If the administration is successful, New Hampshire seniors could see their premiums rise by up to 66% while paying more out of pocket for prescription drugs. Granite State seniors and those living in long term care facilities have been among those hardest hit by this pandemic. During this crisis and beyond I will do everything I can to protect and improve access to health care and lower the costs of insurance and prescription drugs."

“The Affordable Care Act ensures critical protections for seniors and older adults in NH. Between lowering prescription drug costs and limiting the amount insurers can charge, the ACA expanded access to health care for individuals age 50 and older,” said Protect Our Care NH Chair Jayme Simões. “According to the AARP, before ACA’s protections, discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions, age rating, and annual and lifetime caps made accessing health care out of reach for older adults. The ACA also expanded nursing home quality-related requirements for the first time since 1987.”

“I encourage support for increased Medicaid funding in NH for Nursing Homes and Home Care Agencies that would support a higher wage for front line care givers,” said Dr. Randy Hayes. “There are specific needs of frail elders due to the COVID pandemic. That is why it is important to help seniors obtain the care they want during this pandemic by helping them update their Advance Directives.”

Representative Pappas has been working tirelessly on behalf of the Granite State to ensure everyone has quality, affordable health coverage. He believes the Affordable Care Act was a significant step forward and has voted to stop Republican attempts to sabotage it and repeal it outright.

A recording of the video call is available on Protect Our Care NH’s Facebook page. A report on how the Trump administration’s failure to address the pandemic is hurting New Hampshire’s seniors may be found here: https://thetipsheet.typepad.com/the_tip_sheet/2020/07/report-on-seniors-at-risk-how-trumps-war-on-health-care.html

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