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Hassan, Kuster hear impacts of health care bill

  • RIGHT: Brooke Robinson (left) cries as her best friend, Katrina Sands, talks about Robinson’s struggle with illness. The two spoke after touring Riverbend Community Mental Health Thursday afternoon. Caitlin AndrewsMonitor staff

  • Ken Norton of National Alliance on Mental Illness NH speaks about how the Senate health care bill would impact those with mental illnesses. Norton was one of the speakers who toured Riverbend Community Mental Health Thursday afternoon as part of a joint press conference by Sen. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Annie Kuster. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff


Friday, July 07, 2017

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Annie Kuster toured Riverbend Community Mental Health in Concord on Thursday afternoon as part of an effort to understand how the Senate Republicans’ health care legislation will impact mental health and substance abuse resources and treatment in New Hampshire.

The Senate health care bill would phase out Medicaid expansion and would create a $2 billion fund to provide grants to states for substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Health care advocates have decried the bill, saying it would cut funding for programs crucial to combating the opioid epidemic.

The tour was followed by testimony from mental health care providers and people in substance abuse recovery, who spoke about how services like Medicaid helped them recover.

Caitlin Andrews