House Democratic Leaders Blast Plan to Repeal Health Care Expansion Plan,
Massively Cut Funding for Substance Misuse Treatment
CONCORD, NH – During Sunday’s House Finance Committee Division III Meeting, House Republicans voted to repeal New Hampshire’s bipartisan health care expansion plan, taking away health coverage from up to 55,000 Granite Staters at the end of 2016.
House Republicans also voted to massively cut funding for substance abuse treatment, including eliminating the Governor’s plan to extend the full substance use disorder benefit to traditional Medicaid, which would have helped provide substance abuse coverage to thousands of Granite Staters for the first time.
Earlier, House Republicans also announced their plan to cut funding for the state’s substance abuse coordinator, who is responsible for working across state agencies and with other stakeholders to help address the state’s substance abuse challenges.
“A new study from the NH Hospital Association makes clear that expansion is working, with fewer hospital admissions and with emergency room visits down as people are able to access care sooner,” said Representative Cindy Rosenwald, House Deputy Democratic Leader and a member of the House Finance Committee. “House Republicans have a lot of explaining to do to the people of New Hampshire about why they want to repeal our bipartisan health care expansion plan that is already helping nearly 40,000 Granite Staters. Republicans will also have to answer to the business community, including the Business and Industry Association, which has called on us to continue our expansion plan because it makes our workforce healthier, reduces cost-shifting onto business and families, and strengthens our economy.”
“It’s unthinkable that House Republicans would vote to slash funding for substance misuse treatment while our state faces an opioid crisis,” saidHouse Democratic Leader Stephen Shurtleff. “These devastating cuts to substance misuse services would cause harm to individuals across the state, make communities less safe, and take a major toll on our economy.”