MANCHESTER – Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today offered the following comments in response to the beginning of enrollment today in the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare. While the legislation that enabled this expansion included a provision for a “private option” where Medicaid beneficiaries would purchase their plans on the ObamaCare exchange, until and unless federal waivers for this alternative are approved, new enrollees will be placed into the state’s traditional Medicaid program.
“Roughly one in five doctors in New Hampshire refuse to take Medicaid patients, and the ones who do get reimbursement rates that are far below private health insurance and Medicare, so there’s little incentive to spend any additional time with Medicaid patients,” said Greg Moore, AFP-NH State Director. “This is why the quality of care in Medicaid is far below any other form of care, and a study by Harvard and MIT showed no benefit in having Medicaid over being uninsured, and a University of Virginia study demonstrated that Medicaid patients actually have worse surgical outcomes than those without insurance. Yet politicians across the state have gone to great lengths to talk about how great ObamaCare Medicaid expansion is for New Hampshire.”
AFP-NH pointed to a study done by the Lewin Group that showed that over 20,000 New Hampshire residents would be shifted from private health insurance to Medicaid as a result of expanding the program.
“Over 20,000 New Hampshire residents will be dumped from high quality private health insurance into a broken Medicaid program that will reduce the quality of their care,” added Moore. “This makes our state less healthy and hurts numerous working families across the state. It’s truly unfortunate that the desire to help special interests and to implement ObamaCare trumped what is best for the public. Our state deserves better than the leadership that supported this tragic policy.”