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Letter: Yes to Medicaid money

I write with a sad heart because the legislative committee of conference voted to study Medicaid expansion and wait for a recommendation this Oct. 15.

I don’t understand where these state senators have been for the past three years. I don’t know where the 13 state senators have been since March 23, 2010, when the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land.

Why are these representatives of the people so concerned about the costs of taking on a program that benefits all New Hampshire residents, either by gaining health coverage or saving the passed down hospital costs of caring for those of us who don’t have health insurance and cannot afford to pay our medical bills? Would they react the same way if the grant was for road or infrastructure construction?

According to a study in the journal Health Affairs, states accepting Medicaid expansion grant funds would save money. The study finds that states that refuse to participate will not only lose the millions in federal grant money but also pay more for uncompensated health care and leave many of their citizens struggling to get medical care for their families.

Taking a look at this in four months and possibly rejecting this money from the federal government is the wrong direction for New Hampshire.



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