Senate Democrats Statement on Opening of Special Session

CONCORD –  The Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen released the following statement on the opening of the special session:

“We strongly support the bipartisan commission plan to accept federal funds to provide health coverage to 50,000 hard-working, tax-paying New Hampshire citizens. This would bring us $2.4 billion in federal dollars – $340 million next year alone – grow the economy by almost $400 million and create 700 new jobs.  It will save our state’s budget $45 million over the next 7 years.  And it will save consumers $100 million in what they pay for health care.”

“This plan is practical and workable, and as result of bipartisan discussions it strongly emphasizes private coverage. It keeps people on private insurance if it is available from their employer. It gives everyone else an option to go into a private insurance plan in the Marketplace. And it moves anyone remaining into coverage through private, managed care organizations.”

“However, we understand that our colleagues in the Senate will propose some additional elements and still want to add further to the principle of getting people coverage using the private market.”

“We appreciate that the ideas that they are putting forward today represent a constructive starting point to continue discussions.   And we are willing to continue to listen to constructive, practical ideas.”

“At the end of the day we are committed to making a bipartisan solution happen that delivers all of the economic, budgetary, and health benefits of expanded Medicaid.”