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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 1, 2013, file photo, a lab technician draws blood from a patient at a health center, in Phoenix. As health insurance plans become increasingly complicated, more patients are facing unexpected fees when they step outside their plan’s coverage network. In many cases, patients don’t realize they’ve received out-of-network care until they’re slapped with a bill for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Surprise fees often arise when hospitals send blood samples or medical scans to outside facilities for development. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Surprise insurance fees often follow medical emergencies

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Recovering from a medical procedure is always a challenge, but getting hit with unexpected insurance fees can add financial hardship to the process. As health insurance plans become increasingly complicated, more patients are facing unexpected fees when they step outside their plan’s coverage network. In many cases, patients don’t realize they’ve received out-of-network care until they’re slapped with a bill …

If this Iraqi dam collapses, half a million people could die

Sunday, February 14, 2016

If breached, the Mosul Dam could unleash a 180-foot-high wave down the Tigris River basin and drown more than half a million people, with floodwaters …

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the intellectual cornerstone of the court’s modern conservative wing, whose elegant and acidic opinions inspired a movement of legal thinkers …

Primary 2016: Contenders fight for minority voters in S.C.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Obama’s legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald …

Political Monitor podcast: With big wins for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, what’s next?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Monitor staffers Ray Duckler, Jon Van Fleet and Clay Wirestone pick up the pieces after a wild and crazy New Hampshire primary. Where do we go from here, you ask? How about South Carolina? …

Political Monitor quiz for Feb. 12: The results are in edition

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bernie! Donald! It was a night of high excitement Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans doing what the pollsters had dared them to -- pick the outsider candidates by big margins. But there were other stories and bits of …

Hassan, Ayotte continue to spar over People’s Pledge

Friday, February 12, 2016

Democrat Maggie Hassan is raising the stakes in the debate over how to limit outside spending in her U.S. Senate race against Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte. But rather than sign the so-called People’s Pledge to limit outside spending …

Hunting for the primary’s dollar impact amid Meals and Rooms Tax data

Friday, February 12, 2016

If there’s any place where spending due to the presidential primary will show up, it’s in the revenue reports used to calculate the state’s Meals and Rooms Tax. So that’s where the Monitor decided to look. We checked …

How much money does the primary leave in its wake? Less than you think

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attention that New Hampshire gets from standing at the front of the presidential primary line is nice, but there’s another reason to put up with the endless pollster phone calls and traffic blocked by campaign events: Money. …

State AG’s office looks into claims of primary voter fraud

Friday, February 12, 2016

The attorney general’s office is investigating a series of undercover videos from an activist group that depict election workers telling out-of-state residents they can vote in New Hampshire if they sign an affidavit claiming they live here. The videos were released Wednesday by Project Veritas, the same conservative …

Ayotte asks Hassan to sign people’s pledge to limit third-party spending in U.S. Senate race

Friday, February 12, 2016

Republican Kelly Ayotte is asking rival Democrat Maggie Hassan to sign a pledge meant to reduce third-party spending in their U.S. Senate race, which is expected to be one of the most competitive – and expensive – this …

Federal weapons recalled from local police as lawmakers try to limit use of military gear

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Meredith Police Department never got a chance to use its grenade launcher. The equipment, obtained at least nine years ago through a U.S. Department of Defense program, was recalled by the Obama administration as part of its reconsideration of a federal policy giving surplus military gear to …

As nominee faces heat, Maine governor picks himself instead

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maine Gov. Paul LePage figured Democrats would shoot down his choice for education commissioner, so he withdrew the nomination. And on Thursday, he named himself to lead the department instead. The famously pugnacious Republican governor made the announcement …