Fighting for Better, More Affordable Health Care
Helping Small Businesses Keep Health Insurance for Workers
Gov. Lynch proposed and worked to pass legislation creating New Hampshire HealthFirst, an innovative, new initiative aimed at helping small businesses better afford health insurance for their workers.
New Hampshire HealthFirst was developed in conjunction with the state Insurance Department, lawmakers and other stakeholders to address the rising cost of health insurance for small businesses. It will provide comparable coverage to existing health insurance plans, and reduce premiums by addressing the underlying cost drivers of health care increases through better prevention, better care management and more efficient use of health care services.
Preventing Insurance Companies from Discriminating Against Sick Workers
Gov. Lynch worked successfully to repeal a law that had allowed insurance companies to discriminate against sick workers.
Expanding Access to Affordable Health Insurance
John Lynch worked successfully to expand New Hampshire's Children's Health Insurance Program to make it possible for more parents to afford health care for their children. In addition, Gov. Lynch signed laws allowing young people to say on their parents' health insurance until the age of 26 and spouses to remain on a partner's health insurance plan for up to three years following a divorce.
Ensuring Services for New Hampshire's Most Vulnerable Citizens
The 2008-2009 New Hampshire state budget, signed by Gov. Lynch, provides the funding necessary to move people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders off the waitlist for services. In addition, the budget increases by $5.9 million state funding for early intervention for children at risk of developmental delays.
Protecting Public Health
Under Gov. Lynch's leadership, a law was put in place to protect children from the dangers of lead poisoning, one of the most preventable public health problems in the state. The new law allows the state to inspect apartments for lead paint when the potential damage to a child's health begins, and provides the funding for preventative inspections. To protect the public and workers from the dangers of second-hand smoke, Gov. Lynch signed a law banning smoking in restaurants and bars.
Continuing the Fight Against AIDS
When federal funding was cut, John Lynch ensured those suffering from HIV/AIDS would continue to have access to the medication and care they have come to rely upon in order to continue to live their lives.
Supporting Women's Health
Gov. Lynch signed the repeal of an unconstitutional law that placed the health and safety of New Hampshire women at risk.
Modernizing New Hampshire Health Care
Under Gov. Lynch, New Hampshire has set a deadline of becoming the first state where all citizens have the ability to prescribe electronically. Increasing electronic prescriptions will reduce medical errors, improve patient safety and help reduce costs.
Building a Healthier Tomorrow
The Citizens Health Initiative created by John Lynch continues to bring together people from across New Hampshire to meet his goals of ensuring that in 10 years New Hampshire will still be one of the healthiest states in the nation, more New Hampshire citizens will have access to quality health care, and the growth in health care costs will be in line with economic growth. In addition to expanding electronic prescribing, members of the initiative are also working with insurance companies to develop criteria for "pay-for-performance" standards, increasing preventative health care, and providing the public more information about health care costs.