(Peterborough, NH) – Yesterday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined healthcare providers and advocates as well as town and regional leaders in Peterborough to discuss the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in rural communities. The discussion comes as Republicans in Congress are pushing legislation to repeal the law.
“I remain very troubled by the reckless efforts of Republicans in Washington to repeal the ACA,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “The ACA is not perfect, but coverage through the law has been a critical component in fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic by providing access to recovery and treatment services. Uninsured residents in rural areas of New Hampshire have been reduced by half, and nearly 50,000 New Hampshire residents have access to private health insurance on the New Hampshire Exchange through Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, the Republican health care proposal would increase costs, limit access, and cover fewer Americans. I’m willing to work with Republicans and Democrats to improve the ACA, but I will not support a plan that will undo the progress that has been made the last few years.”
Kuster was joined by Dr. Michael Lindberg, Chief Medical Officer at Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH), and other senior officials at MCH; as well as Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President of Public Policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; and Sean Ryan, Executive Director at Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, among others.
“Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) was honored to host Congresswoman Annie Kuster in a roundtable discussion on the anticipated repeal of the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Michael Lindberg, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Monadnock Community Hospital. “Here at MCH, our mission is to improve the health and well-being of our community. We affirm the importance of health insurance that has been made available to thousands of New Hampshire residents who could not afford coverage prior to the Affordable Care Act. We also support the New Hampshire Hospital Association’s concern that any roll-backs in Medicaid coverage for New Hampshire residents could present significant hardship to our patients who rely upon it for coverage.”