Press Release

April 23, 2018

Sheila Vargas, Public Relations Director, 603-731-8051


Derry, N.H. – This afternoon, The Derry Friendship Center hosted lawmakers from the Greater Derry area to discuss the impact of New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program on the region with social service organizations and New Hampshire residents.

The Derry Friendship Center provides support to those in recovery from alcohol and other drug use. State representatives joined leaders and beneficiaries of Medicaid Expansion from the region to discuss the impact of the program on New Hampshire’s progress against the opiate epidemic. According to attendees, Medicaid Expansion also provides access to general health care, brings federal funds into New Hampshire’s economy, and helps New Hampshire reduce uncompensated care costs.

In Derry, Londonderry, and Salem, as of January 2018, almost 2,500 residents had health care through Medicaid Expansion and more than $20.3 million in Medicaid Expansion funds went to support the region’s residents in the last state fiscal year.

Without legislative action, Medicaid Expansion is set to expire at the end of 2018. The New Hampshire House of Representatives is expected to vote on the reauthorization of the program next week.

“Medicaid Expansion has truly been New Hampshire’s number one tool in our fight against addiction, which ravages our state,” said Carol Bowden, chair of the Derry Friendship Center. “Many area-residents who we work with that are successful in their recovery owe their lives to Medicaid Expansion.”

“Medicaid Expansion gives Granite Staters access to both preventative and life-saving health care,” said Jake Berry, Vice President of Policy at New Futures. “Not only is the program absolutely crucial to a healthy and financially-sound New Hampshire, but it also brings more than $400 million annually into our economy. As today’s attendees pointed out, it makes sense for Greater Derry’s lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 313 and reauthorize the critical program.”

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.