Pappas sits in on PROCON roundtable to discuss employer-provided health care

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Congressman Chris Pappas, left, with PROCON Chairman and CEO Mark Stebbins. Courtesy Photo

HOOKSETT, NH – U.S. Congressman Chris Pappas, D-NH-01, joined a Tuesday roundtable discussion hosted by Better Care America, a nationwide voice for affordable and innovative health care coverage. Held at PROCON, a Manchester-based employer whose employees earn preventive and wrap-around care benefits, the group highlighted how health plans, employers, and community partners have leveraged innovative benefits that encourage long-term health of employees and their families, ultimately reducing costs and preventing the development of chronic conditions. 

“Any conversation on health care should consider the importance of employer-provided coverage to so many employees and their families across New Hampshire and the country,” said Pappas. “Hearing directly from my constituents about the value they receive through their employer-sponsored health care, particularly the preventive care benefits and incentives to stay healthy in the long term, has reaffirmed my support for the quality care Americans receive through their employer. I want to thank Better Care America for putting together such a positive discussion on this important issue.” 

The conversation highlighted innovative programs and benefits delivered by health plans through employers in New Hampshire, and how these offerings can improve long-term patient outcomes and lower costs. Roundtable participants, including leadership at PROCON, discussed how the state’s employers have welcomed innovative care practices that improve both the affordability and accessibility of care for employees and their families. 

“Our company prides itself on a culture that promotes an active, healthy lifestyle. And we are fortunate to offer a health plan to our employees with the same principals of whole-person and preventive care,” said Mark Stebbins, Chairman and CEO at PROCON. “As our understanding of health develops, it has been promising to see health plans in New Hampshire adapt to include the kinds of programs and benefits that patients need to take charge of their health – because a healthy workforce benefits all involved.” 

Participants also thanked Congressman Pappas for his work in Congress to protect employers from the Health Insurance Tax, a tax that disproportionately impacts the small business community.