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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

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 … 1

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 … 0

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 … 0

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 … 1

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 … 2

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 … 8

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 … 22

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 … 1

‘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 NewHampshireHealthExchange.com. New … 2

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 … 9

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 … 1

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 … 2