Press Release

September 6, 2018

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Meghan Farrell, Communications Director
mfarrell@new-futures.org, 603-225-9540 x129

NEW FUTURES RELEASES 2018 SCORECARD TRACKING LEGISLATORS’ VOTES ON KEY HEALTH AND WELLNESS POLICIES

CONCORD, N.H. – This afternoon, New Futures, the statewide health policy and advocacy organization, released its annual Legislative Scorecard for the 2018 legislative session. The scorecard aims to increase public awareness of health and wellness issues around the state by tracking lawmakers’ votes on certain priority bills.  This year, the scorecard focuses on proposals to reauthorize Medicaid Expansion and prevent childhood lead poisoning, which New Futures supported, and legalize marijuana, which New Futures strongly opposed.

“This year, the New Hampshire Legislature took significant steps to advance public health and wellness across our state,” said Michele Merritt, New Futures’ President and CEO. “There is no doubt that reauthorizing Medicaid Expansion will ensure continued access to health care for many of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. Meanwhile, the legislature also voted to enact meaningful reforms protecting children from the harms of lead poisoning, and it shot down the latest attempt to legalize marijuana, which would only increase access to this harmful substance for our youth.  We thank those legislators who voted to support health and wellness across New Hampshire, and we look forward to continuing our work with all our lawmakers to create a healthier, safer and stronger state in the years to come.” 

As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, New Futures believes it is critical that Granite Staters have accurate information about their lawmakers’ voting records on issues related to health and wellness. The bills tracked on this scorecard address issues spanning New Futures’ five issue areas – general health, alcohol and other drugs, early childhood, access to treatment, and children’s behavioral health.  The priorities on which New Futures focuses efforts are decided by policy advisory committees, compromised of experts and leaders in each field.  This tool is intended to inform New Hampshire residents about these policy priorities, and how their lawmakers’ actions shape these policies.

The legislative scorecard can be found online at new-futures.org/scorecard-2018.

ABOUT NEW FUTURES
New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change.

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