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Letter: Pappas fought for constituents

I thank Executive Councilor Chris Pappas for understanding that the health and well-being of all Granite Staters in New Hampshire is not an issue to be politicized or delayed.

The bipartisan compromise to expand Medicaid coverage will benefit 50,000 individuals who previously fell under the “coverage gap.” In fact, most of those who fall within that gap and will benefit from this health care expansion are low-income women.

New Hampshire spent a long time deliberating this and finally came to a bipartisan solution on accepting these federal funds to directly assist this vulnerable portion of our population, and the time for delay and partisanship has come and gone.

In July, Republicans on the Executive Council sought yet again to delay this potentially life-saving coverage in the name of political theater and cheap partisan games by attempting to reject a contract that would start to enroll new medicaid recipients.

However, Pappas fought back and stood up for his constituents. Because of his efforts, the council was able to approve the contract with two Medicaid managed-care companies, allowing the program to begin on Sept. 1.

JOAN ALAYNE STEVENS

Goffstown

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