CONCORD, NH– Granite Staters held a press conference and went to Governor Sununu’s office to deliver coffee to ask him to wake up and speak up for New Hampshire.
Granite Staters want Senator Sununu to sign SB 4. SB 4 will codifying pre-existing condition and essential health benefit coverage in New Hampshire. This is important to Granite Staters because the Trump Administration last week asked the 5thUS Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to strike down the entire the Affordable Care Act.
If the Trump Administration is successful and SB 4 is not signed into law 572,200 Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions from being discriminated against, denied coverage, or charged more if the Trump Administration is successful.
What is at stake for American’s and Granite Staters if the Trump Administration is successful:
GONE: Protections for 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions. The uninsured rate will increase by 65 percent.
GONE: Medicaid expansion, which covers 17 million people. 53,900 New Hampshire residents are enrolled in the program.
GONE: Nearly 12 million seniors will have to pay more for prescription drugs because of the Medicare ‘donut hole’ will be reopened.
GONE: Key support for rural hospitals. As Americans and Granite Staters lose coverage, already struggling hospitals will be hit even harder as their costs increase.
These are just a few of the issues that will impact eh health, safety and economic well beings of Americans and Granite Staters.
At the press conference:
Senator Dan Feltes said: “Governor Sununu should not hold New Hampshire back from standing up for the health care of our own citizens. He has refused to join litigation on behalf of the state to protect the Affordable Care Act and as a result I’m proud to sponsor Senate Bill 4, which will codify protections for Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits. Senate Democrats are working to protect the health care security of Granite Staters, and we hope Governor Sununu will join us by signing SB 4.”
“Governor Sununu has an opportunity to make sure the Trump Administration can do less harm by signing SB 4. This will make sure Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions can’t be unjustly singled out by insurance companies, “said Jayme Simoes, Protect Our Care.
“It is incredible that the Trump Administration is resorting to political tactics in the courts to rip health care away from millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Granite Staters right here in New Hampshire. There is no replacement plan. There is no contingency plan. There is no plan at all other than to go back to a system where people were regularly denied access to health care coverage because of pre-existing conditions, or where they could not afford the sky-rocketing premiums as big insurance companies lined their pockets using our health care dollars. said Zandra Rice-Hawkins of Granite State Progress.