EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


December 26, 2013

Letter: Adult medical care program serves vital purpose

To the editor:

So what’s the story on the Rockingham County Adult Medical Care Program?

As I see it, two of our county commissioners -- Katharin Pratt of Hampton, and Kevin Coyle of Derry -- want to kill the program, effective Dec. 31, 2013. Thomas Tombarello of Kingston wants to keep the program running.

The killing of this essential program is the craziest plan I have ever heard of. It’s here to serve the people of our great county, and an important part of the lives of those that use it. On Dec. 12, the Executive Committee held a special meeting, open to the public, to try to convince the commissioners to keep the program open. To at least give it another year so that the delegation members can market it.

The commissioners claim they have tried to market the program. Sorry, I haven’t spoken to one person that has heard of any marketing of it. If they were really trying to market it, why did the commissioners close the enrollment in January 2013, and keep it closed until April? Then, since October, enrollment has been down because prospects are being told the program is closing. So where did all this failed marketing by the commissioners take place? Did you hear of an open house at the AMDC Center? Did you see any posters, bulletins, or flyers in your town hall, or on your town website? Did you receive anything in the mail? Did you see anything or anyone at your local senior centers or churches promoting it? Did you see any ads, articles, or letters to the editor in your papers, promoting it? Sorry, I didn’t see or hear anything either.

One key part of this Adult Medical Day Care program is medical. The eight or 10 programs available locally, that the commissioners claim the people can go to are day-care programs, not medical day-care, a huge difference. Another great advantage of AMDC is the attendees daily cost of only $71, as opposed to the over $300 per day at the other facilities. I strongly urge, really beg you, to contact Commissioners Pratt and Coyle and ask them to change their minds. You can e-mail them at mail@co.rockingham.nh.us. We need this program for the people of our county.

State Rep. L. Mike Kappler


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