HB 250 is AN ACT establishing a commission to assess the benefits and costs of a “health care for all” program for New Hampshire. HB 321 is AN ACT establishing a commission to study a public option for health insurance.

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HB 250 is AN ACT establishing a commission to assess the benefits and costs of a “health care for all” program for New Hampshire.

HB 321 is AN ACT establishing a commission to study a public option for health insurance.

Introduction:
This is a position statement for HB’s 250 and 321 proposing the establishment of commissions to study the benefits and costs of a “health care for all” program in the state (250) and a public option for health insurance (321).

History: The American Nurses Association has been a long-time advocate for health care reforms that would guarantee access to high-quality health care for all. With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), millions of people have greater protection against losing or being denied health insurance coverage, and better access to primary and preventive services. Unfortunately that legislation is in jeopardy with the new administration. 11,800 NH residents would lose insurance by 2019 if the legislation was repealed without an adequate replacement plan. Medicaid expansion in NH would end resulting in the loss of millions of dollars in federal funding.

NHNA’s Commission on Government Affairs is in favor of the passage of HB 250 and HB 321 with the addition of nursing representation on the commissions established by these bills. as presented at the Legislative Town Hall Forum on January 26.

An initial hearing on this HB 250 was held on January 18. An initial hearing on HB 321 was held on January 19. A subcommittee work session for both bills was held on January 24. No next public hearing has been scheduled at this time.

NHNA Lobbyist, Robert Dunn, testified before the House HHS Committee to add an RN to the commission.

On 2/16/17 the House Committee on Commerce & Consumer Affairs determined this HB 250 ought to pass with amendment, but HB 321 ought not to pass.

On 3/8/17 HB 250 PASSED in the House and moved to the Senate, while HB 321 FAILED TO PASS in the House.

On 3/14/17 HB 250 assigned to Senate Committee on Commerce.  A Senate hearing on this bill was held on 5/2/17 and the Committee on Commerce & Consumer Affairs voted this bill ought not to pass.

On 5/11/17 the bill FAILED TO PASS in the Senate.

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