Press Release

April 23, 2018

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



Keene, N.H. – This afternoon, Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency hosted Keene-area organizations, individuals, and legislators to discuss the impact of New Hampshire’s Medicaid Expansion program on the Monadnock region.

State Representatives joined social service leaders and beneficiaries of Medicaid Expansion from the Monadnock region to explore the impact of the program. According to attendees, Medicaid Expansion provides access to care, fuels continued progress against New Hampshire’s mental health and opiate crises, and helps New Hampshire reduce uncompensated care costs.

In Keene, as of January 2018, over 1,200 residents had health care through Medicaid Expansion and more than $9.7 million went to support Keene 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.

“At Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency we provide educational, social, and support programming, but we are also committed to advocacy on behalf of, and with, our members. Medicaid Expansion is critical for our membership, with nearly 90% of those we support qualifying for the program.” said Peter Starkey, Executive Director of Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency. “We hope this forum provides legislators with the first hand experiences of those who will have to live with the outcome of their decisions on this legislation.”

“Medicaid Expansion gives Granite Staters in the Monadnock region, and all across the state, 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 our lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 313 and reauthorize the critical program.”

As a peer driven organization, it is the mission of Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency (MPS) to promote wellness and recovery, as defined by the individual, through Intentional Peer Support, and to provide advocacy, educational, vocational, interpersonal, social and spiritual opportunities to adults who utilize mental health services.  Together, we learn wellness strategies, develop mutually beneficial relationships, and to support each other in attaining increased capacities for self-determination, independence and personal growth.

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.