Rising healthcare costs continue to challenge New Hampshire businesses. BIA does not support policies that result in cost-shifting from the public to the private sector or additional benefit mandates. BIA supports efforts to alleviate the high cost of healthcare and insurance for employers and employees.
To view the status of current legislation related to health care, click here.
BIA supports adequate state funding for the Medicaid program and equitable tax treatment of healthcare providers. Below-cost Medicaid reimbursement to hospitals and other healthcare providers results in cost-shifting to the private insurance market and increased premiums. Businesses predominantly pay the cost of higher health insurance premiums.
New Hampshire Health Protection Program
BIA supports the New Hampshire Health Protection Program and expanding the state’s Medicaid program to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The BIA board of directors adopted the following principles for support of NHHPP.
BIA supports reauthorizing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. Early data show it is working as intended, leading to lower levels of uncompensated care and greater access to healthcare services. Ultimately, this will help to alleviate the cost of health insurance premiums for business owners, as less uncompensated care cost is shifted onto private payers like businesses.
Health Insurance Mandates
While BIA acknowledges the good intentions behind individual health insurance mandates that seek to either expand coverage to certain populations or include additional services and procedures, collectively they add cost to health insurance. This can lead to businesses choosing to self-insure to avoid complying with mandates or, in the case of smaller businesses, stop offering health insurance as an employment benefit. BIA opposes additional healthcare mandates.
BIA believes that access to information about healthcare quality and cost will spur increased competition among providers and enable healthcare consumers to make more informed, prudent decisions about where to go for services. This is an important first step in helping to curb rising healthcare and health insurance costs for businesses and their employees.
NHQualityCare.org - provides accurate and honest information about quality of care in New Hampshire hospitals
NHPricePoint.org - provides facility-specific information about services and charges
NHHealthCost.org - provides information on the cost of inpatient and outpatient procedures
NHHealthInfo.org - a review and analysis of key resources, including other Web-based resources, available to employers struggling with decisions about health insurance benefits
BIA monitors and responds to healthcare legislation addressing: