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Letter: Lawmakers should expand Medicaid coverage

As a cancer survivor and advocate for cancer patients and families, I urge the Legislature to accept the millions of dollars of federal funding being offered to New Hampshire to increase access to health coverage through Medicaid.

Hard-working, low-income families managing a chronic disease like cancer need the security of knowing they have quality health coverage so they can see a doctor regularly and get lifesaving care when they need it, without facing huge medical bills.

The Legislature can leverage the federal funding to extend lifesaving health coverage to about 58,000 low-income individuals and families in New Hampshire.

In 2013, an estimated 8,470 Granite Staters will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 2,680 people will die from the disease. Improving access to Medicaid coverage will increase the probability that diseases like cancer are found early, resulting in lower medical costs and an increased likelihood of survival.

I strongly encourage our state lawmakers to accept the federal money to cover more people and save taxpayer dollars.



(The writer is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.)

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