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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

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 … 23

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 … 1

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, … 0

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, … 0

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 … 4

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 … 1

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 2

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 … 2

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 … 1

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 … 0