Local Health Policy Experts Highlight how Healthcare Investments Included in the Reconciliation bill Can Impact Granite Staters
Concord, NH— Today, a group of New Hampshire residents joined Protect Our Care NH for an online forum to highlight how the efforts of the New Hampshire Delegation in Congress could lower costs and expand access to health care in New Hampshire if the Reconciliation
Expanding access to quality, affordable health care has never been more critical, as the state struggles with a pandemic, economic recovery, climate change and hospitals on the brink.
President Biden’s Build Back Better proposal includes driving down prescription drug prices, expanding Medicare benefits to include vision, dental, and hearing, closing the Medicaid coverage gap, and dramatically lowering the cost of health insurance for millions.
Dr. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, a family physician, said “In New Hampshire we are facing a crisis again with independent living opportunities for our aging communities. As a result of Covid families are trying to get back to work and trying to help support their aging loved ones. Physicians are experiencing unprecedented amounts of stress and are in danger of losing our practices. 170 countries around the world have a gross domestic product that is less than what America spends on healthcare services, let that sink in and yet the US has the worst healthcare outcome, life expectancies, and preventive care measures compared to our fellow counterparts across the globe. NH is one of the oldest states per capita in the US and beginning at age 35 as we begin to age, hearing, vision and dental care is part of the matrix of what makes us healthy and promotes well-being later on in life. So many patients are unable to maintain independence because of lack of support in receiving these benefits.”
Zandra Rice-Hawkins of Granite State Progress said that Americans “pay 3 times more for drug prescriptions than other countries do and at the same time people cannot afford their prescription drugs, while drug companies are reigning in massive profits. So this is a huge problem we have, but the fact is, the public really want to move forward with drug reforms.
You cannot overstate how important the ACA reforms and marketplace have been for expanding access to this country. 4.2 million Americans will be covered if we can make these subsidies permanent. If we allow Medicare to negotiate we can save 150 billion dollars.”
Jayme Simoes, director of Protect Our Care NH said that “the reconciliation bill is really about health care. Expanding access to quality, affordable health care has never been more critical. The bill includes driving down prescription drug prices, expanding Medicare benefits to include vision, dental, and hearing, closing the Medicaid coverage gap, and dramatically lowering the cost of health insurance for millions.”