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With health law, less-easy access in N.H.

Lone insurer in plan reduces roster of hospitals to keep premiums low

WASHINGTON — When Nancy Petro needs routine tests to make sure her thyroid cancer and high blood pressure have not returned, the retired gas station attendant and general store clerk must now drive an hour over mountainous roads to seek care, even though there is a hospital just minutes from her home in rural northern New Hampshire.

Petro, 62, had been uninsured until January, when she obtained coverage through President Obama’s groundbreaking health law. The benefit, just $26 a month, came with a downside, however.

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