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Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group on healthy choices, greenwashing and policy stagnation

Monday, March 31, 2014

Twenty-one years ago, environmental lobbyists and researchers teamed up to form the Environmental Working Group, what co-founder Ken Cook calls “a think tank that could throw a punch.” In the years since, Cook has been named a top grassroots activist by The Hill and the ultimate green game-changer by The Huffington Post. The Environmental Working Group conducts original research on chemicals used in farming and industry, cosmetics and hygiene products, manufacturing, and other topics. Cook said his drive to change the way people interact with industrial chemicals changed when he became a father almost six years ago, and yes, there are ways to achieve a … 0

Scope of Practice: Concord Regional Visiting Nurses’ Linda Blackey, LNA

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Underneath all the policies and politics, health care is about care – one person tending to the needs of another. Anyone who has interacted with the health care system has seen that dozens of people are involved in that care, each at a different level and performing different tasks. Who are they, and … 0

Minuteman Health receives N.H. insurance license

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Hampshire will have a new option on the state health insurance market next year. The state Insurance Department announced yesterday it approved a license for Minuteman Health, a Massachusetts-based insurance cooperative, to sell coverage in the state for next year. “We welcome Minuteman Health to New Hampshire,” Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny said … 1

Minuteman Health plans to offer broad N.H. network on marketplace in 2015

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Business leaders from across the state got their first chance Wednesday to say hello to someone who very much wants to be their friend. Tom Policelli, CEO of Minuteman Health, came to Concord for a brief speech and … 8

Cancer treatment coverage in new health plans complicated by narrow network

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Though local cancer doctors are part of the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield narrow network plan being sold on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, local patients probably can’t receive treatment there. Medical oncology at Concord Hospital is provided by New Hampshire Oncology and Hematology, an independent practice with … 0

Play shines light on brain injury

Sunday, March 16, 2014

They couldn’t bring 10 actors, their costumes and makeup, and a wheelchair around the state to tell their story, so instead, the production team behind Make Sure It’s Me is bringing a stripped down version of the play … 0

Health Beat: Yoga in winter – slopeside

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ever get to the end of a day of skiing or snowboarding and just not feel . . . right? Hips too sore, abs aching, quads on fire, and spirit exhausted? Don’t blame the mountain, or the conditions, … 0

Concord obstetrician/gynecologist reprimanded for role in botched post-partum care

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The state Board of Medicine yesterday released a decision reprimanding a Concord obstetrician for not treating a post-partum woman who reported to the emergency room with signs of an acute infection. The patient later underwent a total hysterectomy and sued Dr. Ashish Chaudhari and midwife Jeanne Browne over … 1

Seminar on Obamacare for businesses scheduled for SNHU

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Center for Women’s Business Advancement at Southern New Hampshire University and Northeast Delta Dental will hold a second free conference for businesses about the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges April 10. The event is designed to be a nonpartisan educational session where business leaders can learn about … 1

Tales from the front: enrolling in Obamacare in New Hampshire

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Despite Obamacare’s rocky rollout, almost 17,000 people in New Hampshire had signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange by Feb. 1. Many received subsidies to help pay for coverage, and they say the financial help – and their peace of mind – more than make up … 10

HealthBeat Mailbag: The Cliff’s Notes on defeating gluten, sugar and hot flashes

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Few desks at the Monitor receive more interesting mail than HealthBeat. “Valentine’s Day is for Baby-Making,” reads one press release, promising to reveal the secrets of conceiving over the holiday weekend. (We trust you actually know how to … 1

Anthem’s narrow network, N.H. insurance regulators criticized at hearing

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

More than two dozen people, most from Rochester, excoriated state insurance officials yesterday for approving a network for the state’s federal health insurance exchange that excludes 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals, including theirs, Frisbie Memorial Hospital. “The … 1

Expanded dental hygienist bill faces opposition in Senate

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A group of 24 organizations announced yesterday they support a bill before the Senate to broaden the role of dental hygienists, a move the New Hampshire Dental Society opposes and says is an unnecessary distraction from the real barriers to dental care. New Hampshire consistently ranks among the … 0

Health Beat: Anxious kids, anxious parents: Local therapist, author to speak at Gibsons

Sunday, January 19, 2014

L ynn Lyons sat in the dimly lit room, knowing that in a few minutes Katie Couric would say her name, the cameras would turn to focus on her face, and she’d be speaking live, in front of … 0

Healthbeat: Malpractice panels haven’t eased process so far

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Hampshire’s process for screening medical malpractice cases before trial is slow and expensive, and usage is low and falling, statistics show. Nevertheless, a legislative oversight committee has recommended leaving the program in place rather than making changes, … 0