Todd Bookman http://nhpr.org en A Peterborough Tale Of Friendship, Poetry & The Dump http://nhpr.org/post/peterborough-tale-friendship-poetry-dump <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's a classic New Hampshire tale revolving around&nbsp; neighbors in a small town, poetry, and the town dump's swap shop. Read the story here, which includes full transcripts of Swift's poetry, and listen to the full story through Caitlin and Swift's words below.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:15:11 +0000 Todd Bookman 52443 at http://nhpr.org A Peterborough Tale Of Friendship, Poetry & The Dump A Husband, A Wife, A Liver http://nhpr.org/post/husband-wife-liver <p>In 2004, Derek Janiak&nbsp;was struck by a string of migraines. His energy faded and he began losing weight. Doctors thought it might be cancer.</p><p>Further testing showed Janiak had a rare liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). The prognosis was 10-15 years of slowly worsening health, and then he’d require a transplant.</p><p>Derek’s wife, Logan Shannon, works at New Hampshire Public Radio. Over the past year, she and her husband agreed to share their story with NHPR's Health Reporter Todd Bookman.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:15:28 +0000 Todd Bookman 52239 at http://nhpr.org A Husband, A Wife, A Liver Inside The Retro World Of The Café Racer http://nhpr.org/post/inside-retro-world-caf-racer <p>When Walt Siegl was growing up in Austria, utilitarian motorcycles were a common fixture on the roads. These workaday machines moved passengers from town to town, sharing pavement with cars and bicycles.</p><p>Then, he’s 7 or 8 years old and a neighbor—a chimney sweep—rips through the village on something new.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:52:12 +0000 Todd Bookman 51293 at http://nhpr.org Inside The Retro World Of The Café Racer Hassan Signs $11 Million Mental Health Package http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-signs-11-million-mental-health-package <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Hassan has signed legislation designed to strengthen the state’s mental health system, a result of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2012.</span></p><p>The law allocates roughly $11 million through next fiscal year for increased community-based treatment options including supportive housing and crisis response teams. It is the first portion of a $30 million settlement agreement reached in December.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:47:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 51764 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Signs $11 Million Mental Health Package Medicaid Enrollment Jumps By 11,000, Stretching State Budget http://nhpr.org/post/medicaid-enrollment-jumps-11000-stretching-state-budget <p></p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n unexpected surge in Medicaid enrollments during the past six months is putting pressure on the state’s budget.</span></p><p>Medicaid has seen its enrollment jump by roughly 11,000 people since January 1. State officials attribute this to two main things: under the Affordable Care Act, there’s a streamlined application process, and that increased publicity surrounding the law brought out more applicants.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:08:03 +0000 Todd Bookman 51705 at http://nhpr.org First Cases Of Chikungunya Virus Reported In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/first-cases-chikungunya-virus-reported-nh <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials are confirming the first two local cases of&nbsp;</span>chikungunya<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a painful but rarely fatal virus characterized by fever, headache, joint swelling and a rash.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Department of Health and Human Services says two people from New Hampshire who recently traveled to the Caribbean became infected.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:31:33 +0000 Todd Bookman 51543 at http://nhpr.org First Cases Of Chikungunya Virus Reported In N.H. Hassan Holds Medicaid Expansion Kick-Off Event http://nhpr.org/post/hassan-holds-medicaid-expansion-kick-event <p>Enrollment in Medicaid for as many as 50,000 newly eligible residents opens tomorrow, with health benefits slated to start August 15<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>Governor Maggie Hassan held a kick-off event on Monday at the Manchester Community Health Center, where she called the bi-partisan deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program the most significant health care legislation in decades.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:47:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 51093 at http://nhpr.org Hassan Holds Medicaid Expansion Kick-Off Event More Hospitals, More Choices Coming To Health Exchange http://nhpr.org/post/more-hospitals-more-choices-coming-health-exchange <p>Consumers will have more than 50 plans to choose from next year on the Affordable Care Act health exchange, according to the New Hampshire Insurance Department.</p><p>During the first of two public hearings, department officials on Tuesday said five insurance companies will compete in the marketplace in 2015.</p><p>Anthem was the only participant this year, and it’s decision to include just 16 of the state’s 26 hospitals in its network sparked frustration even among supporters of the health law.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:52:11 +0000 Todd Bookman 50392 at http://nhpr.org More Hospitals, More Choices Coming To Health Exchange Medicaid Expansion Coverage To Start August 15th http://nhpr.org/post/medicaid-expansion-coverage-start-august-15th <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire’s Medicaid expansion program finally has a launch date. Coverage for an estimated 50,000 low-income recipients will start August 15, with an enrollment period beginning July 1.</span></p><p>“The bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program is a historic step forward for the health and economic well-being of New Hampshire families, businesses and communities,” writes Governor Maggie Hassan in a statement announcing the new timeline.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:49:36 +0000 Todd Bookman 50324 at http://nhpr.org Testerman Out, Backs Bob Smith In U.S. Senate Race http://nhpr.org/post/testerman-out-backs-bob-smith-us-senate-race <p></p><p>U<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.S. Senate candidate Bob Smith filed his official election paperwork in Concord on Friday, and also picked up the endorsement of fellow Republican Karen Testerman.</span></p><p>Citing concerns over splitting the conservative vote, Testerman, an activist from Franklin, is dropping her bid for the seat held by Jeanne Shaheen.</p><p>“This is not about any individual, this is not about any agenda,” Testeran told supporters. “This is about the United States of America.”</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:34:39 +0000 Todd Bookman 50191 at http://nhpr.org Testerman Out, Backs Bob Smith In U.S. Senate Race Report: Frisbie Hospital Ranks 5th In Psychiatric Unit Restraints Nationally http://nhpr.org/post/report-frisbie-hospital-ranks-5th-psychiatric-unit-restraints-nationally <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In its latest release of statistics aimed at shedding more light on the quality of the nation’s health care system, the Obama Administration targets the use of physical restraints on psychiatric patients.</span></p><p>It collected <a href="http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/psych-measures.html" target="_blank">data </a>from more than 1,500 facilities nationally. The results show Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester with the fifth highest rate of restraint use in the country.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:18:48 +0000 Todd Bookman 49919 at http://nhpr.org Hospital Tax Debate Crucial, If Not Flashy, In 2014 Legislative Session http://nhpr.org/post/hospital-tax-debate-crucial-if-not-flashy-2014-legislative-session <p><em>This week All Things Considered has been looking back at some of the major legislative debates this session at the New Hampshire statehouse.&nbsp;</em></p><p>The Medicaid Enhancement Tax usually flies under the radar in New Hampshire: it’s complicated, boring on the surface and, as far as taxes go, pretty narrowly applied.</p><p>But the MET, as it's called, has major implications for the state budget and the state’s 26 hospitals. And debate over how to fix the MET gained plenty of attention this year, becoming one of the biggest policy issues lawmakers took on in 2014.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:03:05 +0000 Todd Bookman & Brady Carlson 49839 at http://nhpr.org Hospital Tax Debate Crucial, If Not Flashy, In 2014 Legislative Session Medicaid Managed Care Organization To End Work In State http://nhpr.org/post/medicaid-managed-care-organization-end-work-state <p>One of three private companies brought in to manage administration and benefits within the state’s Medicaid program is ending its agreement. The Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday Meridian Health Plan will withdraw at the end of July.</p><p>“This has not been an easy decision,” says Dr. David Cotton, CEO of Detroit-based Meridian, “but&nbsp; our&nbsp; recent growth in the Midwest demands that we refocus our resources to continue to provide top-quality managed care products in our core&nbsp; markets.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:36:31 +0000 Todd Bookman 49611 at http://nhpr.org Medicaid Managed Care Organization To End Work In State The Suddenly Crowded New Hampshire Health Exchange http://nhpr.org/post/suddenly-crowded-new-hampshire-health-exchange <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two more insurance companies say they plan to sell policies in New Hampshire’s health exchange in 2015, bringing the total to five carriers. The suddenly crowded field is a sharp contrast to this year, when only Anthem is offering policies through healthcare.gov.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:22:11 +0000 Todd Bookman 49564 at http://nhpr.org The Suddenly Crowded New Hampshire Health Exchange Gambling Takes Center Stage In Congressional Race http://nhpr.org/post/gambling-takes-center-stage-congressional-race <p>Casinos are shaping up to be a key issue in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary.</p><p>At competing events Monday, several state representatives from Salem who back expanded gaming publicly endorsed GOP candidate Gary Lambert.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meanwhile in Concord, anti-casino activists defended fellow Salem Representative </span>Marilinda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Garcia’s vote against a plan to legalize two casinos, despite overwhelming public support in her district.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:27:08 +0000 Todd Bookman 49560 at http://nhpr.org Gambling Takes Center Stage In Congressional Race