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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 …

In testimony, N.H. Business and Industry Association announces support for Medicaid expansion

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lawmakers yesterday heard official testimony from dozens of New Hampshire residents as both chambers of the Legislature begin considering how and whether to expand Medicaid in the state. One business group officially announced support for expanded Medicaid in New Hampshire yesterday, as another testified they might not be …

N.H. business owners describe Obamacare frustrations

Friday, November 8, 2013

Nancy Clark was entitled to feel a bit confident in her ability to use the federal insurance marketplace, also called the exchange. Clark, who owns an advertising and marketing company in North Conway, is a member of New Hampshire’s Health Exchange Advisory Board. She’s been active for several …

Hospitals agree to drop part of suit against New Hampshire over Medicaid

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ten hospitals that were suing the state of New Hampshire agreed to drop most of their claims in documents filed in federal court Wednesday. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Elliot Hospital and Catholic Medical Center in Manchester and seven other large hospitals in New Hampshire filed the suit in 2011 …

New Hampshire to receive $3.8 million in Johnson & Johnson Risperdal settlement

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Hampshire will receive $3.8 million in a multistate settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson & Johnson after allegations of unlawful marketing practices to promote the sales of antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega, according to an announcement yesterday from Attorney General Joe Foster. The settlement is part of a …

New Hampshire to receive $3.8 million in Johnson & Johnson Risperdal settlement

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Hampshire will receive $3.8 million in a multi-state settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer Johnson and Johnson after allegations of unlawful marketing practices to promote the sales of antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega, according to an announcement today from Attorney General Joseph Foster. The settlement is part of a …

Anthem NH customers can renew full network plans for one year

Monday, November 4, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield recently began advertising a reprieve for New Hampshire customers who purchase individual insurance plans and were worried they could lose their current doctors. In a flyer the company planned to mail late last week, customers are told “to keep your existing benefits, you …

N.H. sees sharp increase in newborns who were exposed to drugs before birth

Friday, November 1, 2013

In 2009, 116 New Hampshire infants were diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, more than five times as many as in 2000, according to a new report. The syndrome is caused by exposure to addictive drugs during …

Report: Which NH industries’ employees would qualify for expanded Medicaid

Friday, November 1, 2013

Ten industries employ nearly half of New Hampshire’s working uninsured people; in seven of those 10 industries, low-income workers without health insurance outnumber those with coverage, according to a paper being released today by the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. Lawmakers are set to start debating next week …

Committee recommends amended bill that would require drug testing for health workers

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A legislative committee unanimously recommended yesterday that the state require all hospitals to test employees if there is “reasonable suspicion” they are under the influence of a controlled drug. The bill was inspired by the arrest of a medical technician at Exeter Hospital who injected himself with syringes …

Bills target insurance, health care

Monday, October 28, 2013

Two bills due to go before the Legislature next session would require federal marketplace insurers to expand the number of providers included in their networks. Sen. David Pierce, an Etna Democrat, seeks to require that the plans include one hospital in each county, while Rep. Bill Nelson, a …

Six people in New Hampshire have bought dental insurance in four weeks of Obamacare

Sunday, October 27, 2013

After almost four weeks, six people have purchased dental insurance on the new federal insurance marketplace in New Hampshire, according to Northeast Delta Dental, the only company selling plans on the site. As of next year, all Americans are supposed to have health insurance, or face a tax …

With the Obamacare website still not working, navigator organizations focus on education

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Some New Hampshire residents interested in enrolling in the new health insurance marketplace are still waiting to hear whether they are eligible for subsidies and tax credits toward the cost of coverage, having used a paper application to circumvent a slow and glitch-plagued government website. The website is …