Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on the start of open enrollment in New Hampshire's health insurance marketplace:
"Today marks the beginning of an effort that will take time and face challenges, but that will ultimately lead to stronger health and financial well-being for people across the Granite State.
"Consumers will now have access to important protections and more comprehensive coverage. Preventive care, including annual physicals, cancer screenings, birth control and mammograms, will be fully covered with no out-of-pocket costs. With the elimination of caps on coverage, no longer will families be forced into bankruptcy because of healthcare costs. All families and individuals can now get the critical coverage they need - regardless of preexisting conditions. And with federal assistance, hard-working New Hampshire families and individuals will be able to use the federally run marketplace to choose from a series of health insurance products and access coverage at more affordable rates.
"In the weeks and months to come, healthcare professionals will be working together to provide critical information to consumers, and I thank all of our partners for their commitment to the health of our people and communities. We hope insurers and providers will seize the opportunity to ensure that consumers have the information they need to make their own decisions about their health care.
"As with any new effort, there will be challenges along the way and issues that need to be addressed. In New Hampshire, those challenges will be exacerbated by a law preventing the state from effectively regulating the health exchange marketplace or overseeing consumer assistance efforts. But today is only the beginning of an ongoing process to strengthen health coverage in New Hampshire. Despite misguided and unnecessary obstacles put in place on the state level, we must continue working constructively and partnering with the federal government to improve the marketplace and foster competition that will bring more choices and lower costs.
"There is no sense in refighting past battles, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. We must now work together to ensure that the people of New Hampshire can access the quality, affordable health coverage they deserve."