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Legislators give N.H. Medicaid expansion plan a green light

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The joint fiscal committee approved New Hampshire’s planned application for expanding Medicaid yesterday. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services must approve the proposal, which would extend insurance coverage to about 50,000 low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. In four votes split largely along party lines, the committee agreed to a plan developed by the state Department of Health and Human Services and Jeff Myers, director of intergovernmental …

N.H. Insurance Department hears arguments over Anthem’s narrow network

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

State Insurance Department officials yesterday defended their decision to recommend Anthem’s limited network for plans sold in the state through the Affordable Care Act, against a challenge from a Rochester woman who said the network could cost her a 15-year relationship with her doctor. Anthem is the only insurance company selling plans this year on the exchange, the online marketplace created by the …

N.H. Obamacare enrollment more than doubles expectations

Thursday, May 1, 2014

More than twice the expected number of New Hampshire residents enrolled in health insurance plans offered for the first time through the federal program known as Obamacare, according to new data released by federal officials yesterday. Almost half of those 40,262 people enrolled in the last 45 days of the open enrollment period. “We live in a deadline-driven society. People wait until the …

Concord Hospital first in New Hampshire to deploy UV light in fight against infections

Friday, April 25, 2014

There’s a new member on the cleaning crew at Concord Hospital who never turns up her nose at a mess. She’s never squeamish, never sick, and hasn’t missed a day of work since starting last April. Rosie, a …

Zohydro ban unlikely in N.H., as doctors and pharmacists voluntarily postpone using it

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It appears unlikely the state will launch a moratorium against the new pain medication Zohydro, but the drug still promises to be difficult to find in the state as doctors and pharmacists voluntarily reject it. Medical professionals and hospital officials across the state have come out against using …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …