Bi-State Primary Care Association
Bi-State Primary Care Association, serving Vermont and New Hampshire, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization established in 1986 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.
The Art of Compromise
One thing in New Hampshire is certain, despite political philosophy differences, when it comes to assisting our most vulnerable, high- and at-risk populations, compromise for a solution prevails. New Hampshire is about to embark on a historic vote. Through a bicameral and bipartisan effort, legislators have designed a framework for insurance coverage for people making $15,000 a year or less: The New Hampshire Health Protection Program (SB 413). The architecture of this plan has been designed through thoughtful bipartisan negotiations, cooperation, and concessions to come to an agreement. This compromise bill is fully supported by the Governor, leadership from the Republican and Democratic Senate, and a majority in the House.
New Hampshire has successfully avoided the typical bipartisan discord we see across the country. Beyond this remarkable consensus, this legislation is unanimously supported by the health care provider community and the business community including the Business and Industry Association.
SB 413 will provide health insurance coverage and income security through a cost effective option to cover approximately 50,000 residents. The insurance coverage for this population has tremendous value including increasing access to preventive, primary, mental and behavioral health care; providing the full continuum of specialty and hospital care; increasing the quality of life and reducing the burden of illness; helping to bend the health cost curve; bridging patients into our managed care system; reducing the state’s uncompensated care burden; and reducing the drain on businesses and individuals who are currently insured.
SB 413 utilizes existing federal funds to expand private health insurance coverage for low-income residents. These federal resources will provide tremendous economic enhancement to support our health care infrastructure. The value proposition is these resources will reduce near- and long-term health care costs borne by the individual, the providers, the state, and the taxpayers.
Our state’s 15 Community Health Centers welcome these patients. The Health Centers provide a full range of preventive and primary health care, including acute medical, behavioral health, oral health, and pharmacy services, as well as referrals to specialty or hospital care. The Health Centers are Patient-Centered Medical Homes supporting their patients through acute and preventive care, care coordination and case management, translation, transportation, education on health and disease management, wellness initiatives, and engage the patient in caring for themselves. These are critical features to support patients and their families.
There are numerous misleading advertisements predominantly paid for by out-of-state organizations wanting to derail this bill. Look to your New Hampshire Senate Democratic and Republican leadership and the House for their views on this issue. You will learn the vast majority of our legislative leaders understand the value this bill brings to our state and are in favor of this bill. Please offer a thank you to our Legislators that have the wisdom and courage to vote yes on SB-413.
Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN
President and CEO, Bi-State Primary Care Association
Community Health Centers: A Smart Investment - NH Legislative, Business Breakfast
CONCORD, NH (Feb. 6, 2014) -- Legislators and business leaders turned out for Bi-State’s Legislative and Business Breakfast for their annual update on the work of Community Health Centers. The legislators watched NH Community Health Centers: A Smart Investment, a new video demonstrating the Health Centers' economic and public health Return on Investment in New Hampshire. Guest speaker Senate President Chuck Morse said, “Last year, community health centers provided quality preventative care services to over 100,000 New Hampshire residents, including many in underserved regions of our state...New Hampshire’s Health Centers lead the nation in the treatment of chronic disease such as asthma and diabetes, and they do so in a way that makes them one of, if not the most, cost effective providers of care in our state…” READ MORE.
Watch Video: NH Community Health Centers: A Smart Investment
Supporting Health Care Reform in Vermont - Health Centers Meet with Legislators
MONTPELIER, VT -- (Feb 11, 2014) – The integrated model of health care practiced by Vermont’s Community Health Centers are “the cornerstone of what we need with regard to the [VT] Blueprint [for Health]…and a great place to break down the fragmentation of the medical system,” said Senator George Till, Chair, House Health Care Committee. READ MORE.
Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance
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Health Insurance Enrollment Asistance
Bi-State Primary Care Association is providing consumer education, outreach, and personal enrollment assistance for Vermont residents using Vermont Health Connect to purchase insurance.
For decades, Vermont has been a pioneer in health reform – working to make quality, affordable health care an option for all Vermonters. Vermont Health Connect is Vermont’s state administered exchange providing access to health insurance for all Vermonters.
Who should use Vermont Health Connect?
Vermonters who are offered “unaffordable” coverage by their employers.
Small businesses in Vermont that provide coverage for their employees.
Contact Bi-State Primary Care Association for additional VT information: (802) 229-0002 x 220