Following House passage today of SB 413, a bipartisan agreement to accept federal funds in order to expand access to health coverage, Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement:
"Today's House vote in favor of our bipartisan health care expansion plan will improve the health and financial well-being of more than 50,000 hard-working people who deserve the security of health insurance.
"By expanding access to health insurance, we will help reduce uncompensated care and cost-shifting on New Hampshire businesses, encourage cost-saving primary and preventive care, and provide substance abuse and mental health treatment to thousands while injecting $2.5 billion in federal funds into our state's economy.
"This bipartisan plan is a uniquely New Hampshire solution and it exemplifies New Hampshire's tradition of collective problem-solving, demonstrating what is possible when we remain focused on solutions and reach across the aisle to achieve progress for our people. I thank Speaker Norelli, Representatives Rosenwald and Sherman, and the House of Representatives for passing this important piece of legislation, as well as Senate President Morse and Senator Larsen for their leadership in the Senate to reach this compromise.
"I look forward to signing this bill into law as quickly as possible and to working with members of both parties throughout the implementation process in order to maximize the benefits of health care expansion for our people and economy."