Republicans Give Unfair Advantage to Specialty Hospitals and Driving Up Health Costs

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Representative Terie Norelli, House Democratic Leader and Representative James MacKay, Democratic Policy Leader on Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs issued the following statements on the passage of House Bill 1642, which exempts destination specialty hospitals from the certificate of need process and from the Medicaid Enhanced Tax by a vote of 198 to 161.

“Exempting specialty hospitals from the certificate of need process and from the Medicaid Enhanced Tax gives them an unfair competitive advantage over existing health care facilities in New Hampshire.” said MacKay. “Specialty hospitals will not take Medicaid patients which will leave our community hospitals with the care of Medicaid patients and patients who have no insurance, which drives up the health care costs for the rest of us.”

“Why would we give an out-of-state company an unfair advantage that we do not provide for our health care facilities in New Hampshire? The Legislature should not be picking winners and losers” said Norelli. “I am also concerned that the House Republicans would offer a floor amendment that would likely have a significant fiscal impact without sending it to the proper committee to examine the costs to our State.”

“House Democrats agree with the Business and Industry Association in their opposition to this bill, because Granite State businesses and families will pay higher insurance premiums as a result,” concluded Norelli.

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