WILMINGTON, N.H. — It’s been an interesting year for health care.
And, with it comes a lot of new choices for the consumer.
That means more choice for your health, and for the health care providers who are serving you.
For example, the New Hampshire Health Care Information Center recently released its 2018 list of the top 100 health care plans in New Hampshire, ranked by consumer care satisfaction and access.
The top 100 are based on factors like health plans’ ability to deliver quality care, their financial performance and the level of patient care.
The list also included factors such as availability, price, and access to care.
“This year’s rankings reflect the health plans in the state that are providing the most affordable, quality care and have the lowest costs,” said Mary McGovern, director of the New Hampshirite Health Care Alliance.
“The best health plans are those that are offering the best quality, including a high level of satisfaction for their patients.”
For consumers, the 2018 rankings are a first look at the future of health care spending in the United States.
For some states, the next step is the 2019 federal budget, which is expected to focus on the economy and job growth.
Some states have already started looking at how to better align their health care funding to that budget, including Pennsylvania, where Governor Tom Wolf is working to secure funding for a pilot program that will test new ways to match state and federal dollars.
New Hampshire was also ranked by Health Science Choice as one of the states with the highest satisfaction scores for its state’s health care system.
New Hampshealth Choice, which also includes Community Health Choice, offers high-quality, affordable health care to more than 3 million New Hampshire residents, and its annual health summit in Portsmouth, N: Health Choice New Hampscast at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 15.
New York is also a candidate for top spot, with its overall ranking in the survey at 100, followed by New Jersey with 100 and Pennsylvania at 100.
But the rankings were not entirely predictable.
New England had high satisfaction scores in 2019 but also had high dissatisfaction scores, including the state with the most dissatisfied residents.
“We have to get our priorities in line with what our citizens want and what they need,” said McGovern.
“What New Hampshireers want and need are access to affordable care, the ability to do preventive care, and the quality of care.
But it’s also important to have the health insurance that is right for you.”
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a health plan marketplace, which will allow consumers to shop for plans through the state’s marketplace.
For consumers in New England, health insurance is an essential part of their health plan.
The Health Care Choice Alliance offers free health care, emergency services, and other critical health services to those with pre-existing conditions.
The group is also working on an initiative to expand community-based health care and a statewide health insurance plan that could replace Medicare.
Other health plans that are being considered for 2018 include CareFirst New Hampshire CareChoice, CareFirst NHCare, and CareFirst HealthChoice.
For New Hampdans, getting affordable health insurance, like getting affordable medical care, can be the difference between living well and having a healthy life.
For more information on health care options in New Hampsshire, visit NewHampshireHealthChoice.org or call 603-742-8333.
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