Medicaid Expansion: Merrimack County

Merrimack County Enrollment Stats:
Why We Must Make Medicaid Expansion Permanent

Two years after Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern cast the deciding vote to implement the successful bipartisan “New Hampshire Health Protection Plan,” he is now running for Governor and has announced he will work to make Medicaid Expansion permanent if elected — here’s why:

The coverage launched in August 2014 to bring quality health insurance coverage to low-income New Hampshire individuals and families, and to strengthen the state’s workforce and public health. Today, 49,660 New Hampshire residents now have coverage, achieved with no new state taxes.

Here is what is at stake now:

MERRIMACK COUNTY: 8,607 TOTAL ENROLLED

City of Concord – 2,282

HOUSE DISTRICT 1: 152 enrolled
Andover – 70
Danbury – 61
Salisbury – 21

HOUSE DISTRICT 2: 663 enrolled
Franklin – 610
Hill – 53

HOUSE DISTRICT 3: 821 enrolled
Franklin – 610
Northfield – 211

HOUSE DISTRICT 4: 87 enrolled
Sutton – 42
Wilmot – 45

HOUSE DISTRICT 5: 97 enrolled
Newbury – 49
New London – 48

HOUSE DISTRICT 6: 174 enrolled
Bradford – 58
Henniker – 116

HOUSE DISTRICT 7: 150 enrolled
Warner – 99
Webster – 51

HOUSE DISTRICT 8: 146 enrolled
Boscawen – 146

HOUSE DISTRICT 9: 236 enrolled
Canterbury – 64
Loudon – 172

HOUSE DISTRICT 10: 2400 enrolled
Concord – 2282
Hopkinton – 118

HOUSE DISTRICTS 11-19: 2282 enrolled
Concord – 2282

HOUSE DISTRICT 20: 297 enrolled
Chichester – 68
Pembroke – 229

HOUSE DISTRICT 21: 401 enrolled
Epsom – 147
Pittsfield – 254

HOUSE DISTRICT 22: 217 enrolled
Allenstown – 217

HOUSE DISTRICT 23: 147 enrolled
Bow – 106
Dunbarton – 41

HOUSE DISTRICT 24: 337 enrolled
Hooksett – 337

This new coverage supports those living above the poverty line but who are still low income (ie, for a family of four, earning up to roughly $33,000/year).

  • Hospitals reported 27% fewer uninsured Emergency Room visits in New Hampshire last year
  • Over $600 million in health care coverage has returned to NH as a result of the program
  • New benefit has already been used by thousands for drug addiction & treatment services

The law passed with bipartisan support after tremendous work by NH legislators, leadership by Governor Maggie Hassan, and with the active encouragement of the business, hospital, and nonprofit community. It was implemented by a close 3-2 vote on the Executive Council on July 16, 2014. The program was reauthorized by one vote in the legislature this past winter, and is now scheduled to expire unless the next Governor and next legislature takes action.

Executive Councilor and Democratic candidate for Governor Colin Van Ostern, who cast the deciding vote to implement Medicaid expansion two years ago, has announced that if elected he will work with the incoming legislature, private, and nonprofit stakeholders to make this Medicaid expansion permanent.

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