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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 …

Report: Prescriptions for northern New England kids vary widely

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Children in and around Franklin are prescribed acid suppressants at more than twice the rate of children in other parts of New Hampshire despite research showing no benefits from the drugs in infants, the patients most commonly receiving …

Insurance information session for small businesses to be held

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are holding an online information session tomorrow for small-business owners about the enrollment process for the federal insurance marketplace. The SHOP marketplace offers small employers a choice of plans and, for many, access to a tax credit toward the employer portion …

New Hampshire children far more likely to receive surgery, drugs than Vermont, Maine

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Where children live in northern New England has dramatic influence over how much and what types of medical care they receive, according to a first-of-its-kind report from researchers at Dartmouth College. For example, children living in Berlin were …

Online Obamacare enrollment process works for some in New Hampshire as deadline looms

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Between 5 and 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, Maria Bauer of Concord made her first visit to, created an account, entered her estimated income, received a tax credit and selected health insurance for next year. After attending one seminar …

CVS partners with Dartmouth-Hitchcock for Minute Clinics in N.H.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CVS opened two Minute Clinics in New Hampshire yesterday and announced a partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to oversee the new facilities. The Hall Street CVS in Concord and a store in West Lebanon are the first two …

Independent medical practices facing squeeze of electronic records requirements

Thursday, November 28, 2013

When Patricia Edwards sees her young patients for their annual checkups, she asks how the school play went the previous spring, or how soccer camp was last summer. She’s not endowed with a super-human memory for detail. Just an old-fashioned paper chart, with a regular habit of making …

Anthem extends deadline for individual policyholders to renew, but will not sell old plans in 2014

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire has extended the renewal date for canceled health insurance plans to Dec. 16, the second extension issued this fall for people who could lose their doctors as a result of changes in the individual insurance market next year. Anthem is …

Health Beat: The hidden math of Thanksgiving calories

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The key might be if, and how much, you drink. I know my appetite control gets a little looser after a glass of wine (Hello, third dish of Barley House hummus dip) and Thanksgiving is no exception. Statistically, …

Long road to substance abuse treatment for N.H. Medicaid patients will soon be over

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Regardless of whether state lawmakers decide this week to make more people eligible for Medicaid, officials have committed to making substance abuse treatment available for the first time to people already in the program. The change means that for the first time in the state’s decades-old Medicaid program, …

Obamacare delay makes few ripples in N.H. because of existing state law granting extensions

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire has extended the deadline for current individual-plan customers to renew their policies for next year. The deadline, which was yesterday, has been extended to Nov. 30. Anthem communicated the decision …

Democrats indicate willingness to compromise on Medicaid

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Gov. Maggie Hassan and House Speaker Terie Norelli, both Democrats, announced yesterday that their party is willing to compromise on some aspects of a plan to expand access to health insurance in the state. By day’s end, though, Republican leaders made an announcement of their own: What the …

Hassan, Norelli announce compromise proposal for Medicaid expansion

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

After two hours-long public hearings yesterday about two different proposals for expanding access to health insurance in the state, Gov. Maggie Hassan and Speaker of the House Terie Norelli, both Democrats, announced today that their party is willing to compromise on some aspects of the expansion. Democrats had …