Thousands of middle and low income families will soon start to see the benefits of the expanded healthcare options from the Affordable Care Act. To ensure that Granite Staters get the best program for New Hampshire, Governor Hassan sends letter of intent to pursue partnership exchange.
By partnering with the Federal Government instead of opposing it, New Hampshire will receive the maximum benefit of the program. Each state is required under the federal Affordable Care Act to have a health benefit exchange: a virtual marketplace where individuals and small businesses can compare qualified health plans, find out if they are eligible for tax credits or health benefit programs, ask questions about coverage, and enroll in a qualified health plan that meets their needs. While states may establish their own exchanges, a 2010 New Hampshire law prevents action to build an exchange, forcing the state to either allow the federal government to create our exchange or to pursue a partnership exchange.
“I do not believe it is in the best interest of our people to allow the federal government to impose a one-size-fits-all exchange on New Hampshire,” said Governor Hassan. “As the process moves forward, I will work with the federal government and in collaboration with the state legislature, to ensure that New Hampshire maintains flexibility and is protected financially.”
This is a strong move for our new Governor. By pushing forward with the partnership plan, she is showing that affordable healthcare is not only important, but that we could better manage the system at a state level. New Hampshire has always been a very frugal state, with low revenue and no income tax you must be. This is why many feel that controlling these changes locally makes more sense.