“The cruelty and ruthlessness that made this court decision such a nail-biter aren’t going away,” Paul Krugman warns. “But, for now, let’s celebrate. This was a big day, a victory for due process, decency and the American people.”
Let’s celebrate for everyone in New Hampshire who will have access to more affordable health care and will be protected from insurance company abuses. Here are the numbers, compiled by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute:
- The estimated 665,000 New Hampshire residents with private health insurance coverage will not have to worry about exhausting lifetime limits.
- The estimated 8,330 young adults under age 26 in New Hampshire who gained coverage under this provision in 2010 and 2011 will be able stay on their parents’ health plan until they are age 26.
- An estimated 19,600 New Hampshire businesses — constituting 80 percent of small businesses in New Hampshire — will continue to access tax credits that have been helping them pay for up to 35 percent of the costs of their workers’ health insurance.
- The 163,746 Medicare beneficiaries in New Hampshire who receive free preventive services — such as mammograms and colonoscopies — or who are entitled to a free wellness visit with their doctor will continue to enjoy such benefits.
- Uninsured New Hampshire households will receive financial help, ranging from $2,626 to $6,337 per family, in purchasing health care. Families with insurance are expected to see their premiums fall by $873 on average by 2019.
- The New Hampshire High Risk Pool, which has paid more than $25 million in claims for New Hampshire participants, will continue to provide seriously ill patients with health insurance coverage.
- Insurance companies will be required to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care costs or to pay rebates to their customers each year. This year’s rebates will total $1.1 billion nationally.