Planned Parenthood to play role in NH's insurance exchange
"It is a shame that these federal dollars will be going to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. As an abortion service provider, federal dollars and public funds should not be granted to this organization," said Cornerstone Action Executive Director Ashley Pratte. "With Planned Parenthood expected to launch its own Obamacare awareness campaign, we can only hope that it will create a discussion around how this money is being used and what services will be promoted with it."
Last year, PPNNE served nearly 16,000 patients in six health centers located in Claremont, Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and West Lebanon, the statement said, and is a trusted provider.
The federal agency also selected Bi-State Primary Care Association to help consumers on the exchange compare plans and determine eligibility for federal subsidies or Medicaid.
The organizations are to assist citizens shopping for and enrolling in health insurance plans in the electronic marketplaces required under the Affordable Care Act. Bi-State Primary Care Association, a charitable organization representing 12 health centers and one rural health network, will receive a grant of $434,839.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will primarily serve individuals in Hillsborough, Rockingham, Grafton, Cheshire and Sullivan counties, while Bi-State will serve eight counties in the state.
The navigators are separate from a state education and outreach plan developed by the state Insurance Department.
While Republican lawmakers blocked the grant by refusing to add the money to the Insurance Department's budget, the agency's commissioner, Roger Sevigny, announced earlier this month that a quasi-governmental group, New Hampshire Health Plan, would apply for the grant and use it for outreach and consumer assistance at the state level.
Republicans called the move an end run around state law and asked for an investigation.
Only one carrier — Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — has been approved to offer plans on the state's exchange.
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