Bi-State Primary Care Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes access to effective and affordable primary care and preventive services for all, with special emphasis on underserved populations in New Hampshire and Vermont.
2015 New Hampshire Legislative and Business Breakfast
CONCORD, NH -- Two-hundred legislators and business leaders attended Bi-State’s 2015 Legislative and Business Breakfast on February 4 in Concord. Bi-State’s president and CEO, Tess Stack Kuenning; and Kristine Stoddard, director of NH Public Policy, presented Bi-State’s Policy Principles and Goals for 2015. Of primary importance is retaining the primary care contracts in the State Operating Budget in the next biennium budget, and reauthorization of the NH Health Protection Program.
Guest speaker Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern spoke of his support for the NH Health Protection Program and access to affordable primary and preventive health care at New Hampshire Community Health Centers.
Sen. Jeanie Forrester, chair of Senate Finance, and Rep. Neal Kurk, chair of House Finance, joined Tess Stack Kuenning, in a discussion focused on current spending priorities and their long-term vision for health care spending in New Hampshire.
Photo (L-R): Tess Stack Kuenning, Sen. Chuck Morse, Rep. Neal Kurk, Sen. Jeanie Forrester, Kristine Stoddard.
2015 Reception for Vermont Legislators
MONTPELIER, VT -- On February 10, Bi-State staff, members, and community care partners spent the day at the Vermont State House meeting with legislators to educate them about the primary care infrastructure mantained by Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural clinics, free clinics and supporting health care services in Vermont. This collaborative system enables Vermonters to access integrated primary care and supporting services statewide. The group met with Gov. Shumlin, Speaker Shap Smith, Lt. Gov. Scott, Senate President Pro-Tempore Campbell, House Committee on Health Care, House Committee on Human Services, and the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
On the matter of workforce, Bi-State addressed the importance of restoring the $870,000 cut from the education loan repayment fund, an important resource used to recruit primary care physicians and other providers to practice in Vermont.
Following the meetings, Bi-State held its annual Reception for Vermont Legislators from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the State House Cafeteria.
Photo: Governor Shumlin with Bi-State members, staff, and community care partners.
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