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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 …

Q&A: Why your chip card only works in some stores

Friday, February 12, 2016

If you’re like many shoppers, you’ve had a momentary blip of confusion – or maybe several of them – at a checkout counter lately. That’s because some stores have outfitted themselves with payment terminals that use your credit card’s new, more secure chip technology. Some stores haven’t. And at still more retailers, you can see they have the chip readers installed, but they …

Downtown: Catholic parish reaches agreement to sell Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sacred Heart Church on Pleasant Street is under a purchase-and-sales agreement to become condos. Richard Roberge, the pastor of Concord’s Christ the King Parish, announced the news Sunday in a press release and at weekend Masses. The buyer is developer Jon Chorlian. “While we are sad to close this chapter in our parish’s history, we are happy with the plans that Mr. Chorlian …

Business people for Feb. 8, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Joshua Lafond will be a permanent part-time arena supervisor for Concord General Services. He will assist with in the operation of the Douglas N. Everett Arena with Arena Manager Jeff Bardwell. He was a rink attendant at the …

The story behind the Pats Peak cookie

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Obviously, if an area ski mountain boasts a world-famous cookie, there’s only one thing to do: taste it. It’s best to go straight to the source for the M&M cookie – to Pats Peak in Henniker. There, in …

Recent patents issued in New Hampshire

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The following federal patents were awarded to inventors and companies in New Hampshire through Feb. 5. Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (9,246,500) developed by Michael H. Perrott, Nashua, N.H., for a “time-to-voltage converter using a capacitor based digital to analog converter for quantization noise …

Business notes

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dell-Lea Weddings & Events in Chichester was winner of WeddingWire’s couples’ choice award for wedding venues. The award is given to the top 5 percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire network based on reviews from newlyweds. Grace Limousine, the largest chauffeured car and group transportation provider in …

Sunday, February 7, 2016

MPB Corp. of Lebanon won a $106,575 federal contract from the Defense Logistics Agency, Richmond, Va., for annular ball bearings. MPB Corp. of Lebanon won a $33,417 federal contract from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, for bearings. …

Plenty of e-tailers are hitting the mall

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Amazon’s plans to open as many as 400 brick-and-mortar bookstores, revealed Tuesday by a mall executive, may seem an unlikely turn of events. But should Amazon proceed, it will have plenty of company. In recent years, a rash of e-tailers from Warby Parker to Bonobos have opened stores. …

Have a great idea? Here’s how to make it actually happen

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Adam Grant is not your typical business school professor. Just 34, he reached tenure while still in his 20s and finished his Ph.D in less than three years. He writes op-eds with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and got a book blurb from the likes of J.J. Abrams, the …

For sale in Concord: Magnificent mixture of form, function

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The executive ranch located at 33 Oakmont Drive in Concord is set in Mountain Green Estates, one of the capital’s most desirable neighborhoods. This beautifully manicured development of over 90 high-end homes is located next to the Concord …

Cause of deadly New York crane collapse under investigation

Saturday, February 6, 2016

It may take weeks to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars, city officials said Saturday. …

Warm winter and snow shortage gets maple syrup season off early

Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Hampshire’s warm winter has gotten the maple syrup industry off to an early start, but it’s way too soon to say what that means for the season. “Ask me in April,” said Mike Moore, co-owner of Sunnyside …