Home » News » Health » Affordable Care Act
Lawmakers urged to expand Medicare, find accord
The Senate plan would require all the newly eligible Medicaid recipients to purchase private insurance through the state health insurance marketplace beginning Jan. 1 2015, something that requires a federal waiver. The Senate proposal envisions more than one carrier offering policies on the exchange, something insurance officials said may not happen.
"Let me be very clear," said Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. "It is absolutely essential that we find a way to get our patients covered — and that we don't lose this opportunity to do so now."
"We do not want to set ourselves up for failure by being overly ambitious," said Insurance Department Commissioner Roger Sevigny. He noted there is only one insurance carrier on the state health insurance marketplace — Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield — and moving too quickly to put the Medicaid-eligible population into the exchange could give Anthem an advantage that could hamper the state market.
While most of the uninsured voicing support for Medicaid expansion preferred the House's plan, hospitals, physicians, nurses and other providers and advocacy groups urged lawmakers to come to an agreement and allow the expansion to begin Jan. 1.
Emergency room nurse Allison Nasar of North Swanzey said she sees patients return time and again because they cannot afford prescriptions.
Under the proposals, adults under 65 years old who earn up 138 percent of poverty — about $15,000 for an individual and $32,500 for a family of four — would be eligible for Medicaid health insurance, either through an employers' private insurance or through the state's Medicaid system beginning Jan. 1.
READER COMMENTS: 9
- Manchester school district makes bid to run Job Corps center - 2
- NEASC votes to reaccredit Central High - 1
- Londonderry school policy updates sought - 0
- New schedule feature will provide Nashua students with opportunities - 0
- Manchester forums will allow public to question principal finalists - 0
- Mount Washington College to close 2 campuses - 1
- Manchester education standards proposal derided at public hearing - 6
- Proposed Common Core alternative will get public review tonight - 6
- New headmaster eager to take the reins at Pinkerton - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Only a freshman, Kennedy excelled on the track - 0
- Looking Back With Aurore Eaton: The Manchester Opera House makes its stunning debut - 0
- Another View -- John Dumais: Mandatory GMO labeling is all cost, no benefit - 0
- What’s the rush? Executive Council follows Pelosi plan - 0
- On Baseball: Fisher Cats prove point - 0
- Evan Turner, Celtics see upside in new deal - 0
- Thunder take two from Fisher Cats - 0
- Ortiz, Drew (4 RBIs each) lead Red Sox hit parade against Blue Jays - 0
- Nashua settles suit over gas collection system - 0
Market Basket workers urged to 'shut it down'; deposed CEO urges fired workers be given jobs back
Shaheen's record: On insurance, it is dismal
Anti-SUV flop: Americans love utility
U.S. appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on Obamacare exchange subsidies such as NH's