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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 …

Robert Friedlander, local oncologist, makes mid-career switch to palliative care

Sunday, October 20, 2013

How do you want to die? Where? If medicine can prolong your life by a few months, would you want to try? What if doctors could promise only a few weeks? What if they were likely to be …

‘Illicit’ health insurance marketplace site ordered to close

Friday, October 11, 2013

New Hampshire officials ordered the closure this week of a website they said was masquerading as the new health insurance marketplace site for the state. The New Hampshire Insurance Department issued a cease-and-desist notice Wednesday to William Steffen, an Arizona-based insurance broker who owned the site New …

Rite Aid partners with local insurance agents to market Affordable Care Act

Friday, October 11, 2013

These days, you can get a Halloween costume and Christmas wrapping paper at Rite Aid. You can still get nail polish, magazines, candy and beer, of course. And, on certain days for the next six months, you can …

Commission: Expand Medicaid through private health insurance

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The New Hampshire Legislature should expand Medicaid, six members of the commission studying the issue this fall said yesterday. The proposal they approved is “a consensus and balanced approach that represents our shared values, and also respects the …

Maine: Anthem can’t force patients to change doctors

Monday, October 7, 2013

Maine Superintendent of Insurance Eric Cioppa ruled last week that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will have to redesign the narrow network of the health plans it is selling on the federal insurance marketplace, out of concern that too many patients would lose access to their current …

Six NH organizations receive grants to help people use new insurance marketplace

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

At a news conference today, the New Hampshire Health Plan announced the six organizations that will receive grants to provide assistance to New Hampshire residents seeking insurance through the new federal marketplace. The groups are: Foundation for Healthy Communities (Concord), Greater Derry Community Health Services (Derry), ServiceLink Resource …

Meet a navigator: One of the guides through Obamacare

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

This morning, Mariann White planned to get up early and pick up her big white binder for just one more cram session. She’d have just a few more hours until the start of her new job. It’s kind …

New Hampshire businesses weigh benefits, uncertainty of Obamacare options

Monday, September 30, 2013

When Nancy Clark purchased Glen Group, an advertising and marketing agency in North Conway, 15 years ago, one of the first things she did was offer her employees health benefits. Now with eight employees and two open positions, she still offers insurance and pays 50 percent of the …

HealthBeat: ‘What about...?’ Answers about N.H.’s new health insurance marketplace

Sunday, September 29, 2013

On Tuesday, one of the most visible and talked-about provisions of the federal health care reform law opens for business: state insurance exchanges, or marketplaces. The marketplace is supposed to be one way people without insurance get covered …

Some Anthem customers face higher premiums and must find new doctors

Friday, September 27, 2013

Holly Ares Snyder and Josh Kattef have a message for insurance companies: If you’re selling, they’re buying any plan that would let them keep seeing their doctors at Concord Hospital. Roughly 40,000 New Hampshire residents purchase insurance plans …

With three weeks to issue report, commission inches ahead with Medicaid expansion discussion

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

With three weeks to go before its deadline to issue a recommendation, the commission studying whether New Hampshire should expand its Medicaid program seems poised to recommend that it do so – if sufficient safeguards are in place. At issue now are details that could determine whether the …

Health Beat: Upcoming events for caregivers looking for support, businesses looking for insurance

Sunday, September 22, 2013

What does it mean for caregivers that people are living longer and facing more health care decisions than ever before? Dennis McCullough, a faculty member at Dartmouth Medical School and a son who was his elderly mother’s caregiver for several years, will be the keynote speaker Thursday at …