NEW DATA: Ahead of Texas Lawsuit Decision, New Analysis Shows 287,900 of People in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District Are At Risk of Losing Their Pre-Existing Condition Protections
Concord, NH-- A new analysis released by the Center for American Progress shows that 571,300 Granite Staters currently live with a pre-existing condition -- including 287,900 in New Hampshire’s 1st District. This comes ahead of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ high-stakes decision in Texas v. United States, the lawsuit that could terminate the protections for pre-existing conditions guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act. Jayme Simoes, state director of Protect Our Care New Hampshire, released the following statement in response:
“571,300 Granite Staters with a pre-existing condition are at risk of losing their protections as a result of Republicans’ actions to destroy Americans’ health care through the courts. If the Texas lawsuit is successful, every single American living with a pre-existing condition like asthma, arthritis or diabetes will once again face descrimination just for trying to access the care they need.”
What’s At Stake For Granite Staters If Texas v. United States Succeeds:
- Protections for 571,300 Granite Staters with pre-existing conditions would end.
- 89,000 Granite Staters would lose their coverage, causing a 136 percent increase in the uninsured rate.
- Medicaid expansion would be repealed, meaning the 57,000 Granite Staters who are covered through Medicaid expansion could lose coverage.
- 21,150 New Hampshire seniors will pay more for prescription drugs because the Medicare “donut hole” will be reopened.
- 9,000 New Hampshire young adults will no longer be able to stay on their parents’ coverage.
- Protections for women, who insurance companies previously charged 50 percent more than men, would be gone.
- Financial assistance that helps 31,179 Granite Staters purchase health care in the marketplace would end.
- Key support for rural hospitals would disappear, leaving New Hampshire hospitals on the hook for $234 million more in uncompensated care costs.
- 690,524 Granite Staters could once again have to pay for preventive care, like mammograms and flu shots.
- Lifetime and annual caps on coverage would once again be allowed, allowing insurers to put limits in care for 545,000 privately insured Granite Staters.
- Insurers will no longer have to cover a set of essential health benefits, including hospitalization, prescription drugs, or mental health services.