Annie has spent much of her career working to increase New Hampshire families' access to quality, affordable health care.
Through this work, she helped coalition of health care providers to create the statewide Medication Bridge Program that distributes free medicine to thousands of New Hampshire families and seniors who cannot afford the high cost of prescription drugs.
Annie believes that the health care reform passed this year will be a good start at providing a check on insurance companies. She supported the reform in order to:
* Cut the deficit by $130 billion over 10 years
* Extend coverage to 31 million uninsured Americans
* Stop insurance companies from denying coverage to people who get sick or have a pre-existing condition.
* Close the "donut hole' that left thousands of NH seniors without Medicare prescription drug coverage.
* Allow children up to age 26 to stay on parents insurance.
However, with small business owners from Nashua to Berlin continuing to face double-digit premium increases year after year, Annie believes that we now need to lower costs as well, by adding a public insurance option that will use competition to drive down costs.
Finally, Annie believes a woman and her medical care provider should be making decisions about her health care, not the politicians in Washington. She is committed to eliminating elements of the new health care reform that aim to restrict a woman's right to choose.