Medicaid Expansion: Strafford County

Strafford 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:


City of Rochester – 1,771
Town of Durham – 108
City of Somersworth – 550
City of Dover – 1,004

HOUSE DISTRICT 1: 279 enrolled
Middleton – 80
Milton – 199

HOUSE DISTRICT 2: 354 enrolled
Farmington – 354

HOUSE DISTRICT 3: 179 enrolled
New Durham – 73
Strafford – 106

HOUSE DISTRICT 4: 241 enrolled
Barrington – 241

HOUSE DISTRICT 5: 101 enrolled
Lee – 101

HOUSE DISTRICT 6: 144 enrolled
Durham – 108
Madbury – 36

HOUSE DISTRICTS 7-12: 1771 enrolled
Rochester – 1771

HOUSE DISTRICTS 13-16: 1004 enrolled
Dover – 1004

HOUSE DISTRICT 17: 1554 enrolled
Dover – 1004
Somersworth – 550

HOUSE DISTRICT 18: 626 enrolled
Rollinsford – 76
Somersworth – 550

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.


Paid for by Van Ostern for New Hampshire. Debby Butler, Treasurer.
P.O. Box 3931, Manchester, NH 03105 • (603) 232-5538