Rachel Gotbaum http://nhpr.org en Why The Cod On Cape Cod Now Comes From Iceland http://nhpr.org/post/why-cod-cape-cod-now-comes-iceland Good luck finding local cod in Cape Cod, Mass.<p>The fish once sustained New England's fishing industry, but in recent years, regulators have imposed severe catch limits on cod, and the fish remain scarce.<p>"I've never seen cod fishing this bad," says Greg Walinsky, who has been fishing on Cape Cod for more than 30 years. "It looks to me like it's over. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 41104 at http://nhpr.org Why The Cod On Cape Cod Now Comes From Iceland Cancer Rehab Begins To Bridge A Gap To Reach Patients http://nhpr.org/post/cancer-rehab-begins-bridge-gap-reach-patients It was her own experience with debilitating side effects after cancer treatment that led Dr. <a href="http://www.oncologyrehabpartners.com/about-orp/executive-bios/">Julie Silver</a> to realize that there is a huge gap in care that keeps cancer patients from getting the rehabilitation services that could help them.<p>Silver was 38 in 2003 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though she is a physician, she was shocked at the toll chemotherapy and radiation took on her body. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:37:00 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 22153 at http://nhpr.org Cancer Rehab Begins To Bridge A Gap To Reach Patients VA Secretary Says He Is Pushing For Better Healthcare Access for Vets http://nhpr.org/post/va-secretary-says-he-pushing-better-healthcare-access-vets <p><a href="http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/access/accessing_healthcare_services.asp" target="_blank">US Veterans Affairs </a>Secretary Eric Shinseki was in New Hampshire Tuesday to visit the site of the new Veterans Center in Hooksett. The new center, which will be completed in August, is part of an effort by the VA to help Vets gain better access to medical care and mental health counseling. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:12:54 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 3049 at http://nhpr.org VA Secretary Says He Is Pushing For Better Healthcare Access for Vets Senate Begins Battle Over Abortion Funding http://nhpr.org/post/senate-begins-battle-over-abortion-funding <p>Thursday, members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee considered a bill that would ban public funding of facilities that provide abortion. Opponents of the bill, which has already been approved by the House, say it could jeopardize $700 million in federal Medicaid funds. The bill&#39;s sponsor, Republican of Rochester Warren Groen, says preventing the state from funding abortion is a smarter way to use scare with public dollars.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 23:20:40 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2979 at http://nhpr.org Senate Begins Battle Over Abortion Funding Will The $25 Billion Mortgage Settlement Help Stem The Wave Of Foreclosures? http://nhpr.org/post/will-25-billion-mortgage-settlement-help-stem-wave-foreclosures <p>Since 2005, the number of foreclosures in New Hampshire has increased 700 percent. Last year, more than 3,800 families were&nbsp;forced out of their homes due to foreclosure. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:27:00 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2906 at http://nhpr.org Will The $25 Billion Mortgage Settlement Help Stem The Wave Of Foreclosures? Major Business and City Leaders Oppose Move To Get PSNH To Sell Power Plants http://nhpr.org/post/major-business-and-city-leaders-oppose-move-get-psnh-sell-power-plants <p>A house<a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1238.html" target="_blank"> bill</a> that would consider giving the Public Utilities Commission authority to force <a href="http://www.psnh.com/For-My-Home.aspx" target="_blank">PSNH</a> to sell its power plants to open up market competition is getting vocal opposition from business leaders and mayors in the state.</p><p>Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier says the move will raise electric rates&nbsp;and scare businesses away from his community.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:16:26 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2766 at http://nhpr.org Major Business and City Leaders Oppose Move To Get PSNH To Sell Power Plants TB Scare At Concord Elementary School http://nhpr.org/post/tb-scare-concord-elementary-school <p>Public health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis at Dane Elementary School.</p><p>Director of Public Health, Dr. Jose Montero, says the infected child, a kindergarten student, likely contracted the illness from an adult who was exposed to the dangerous bacteria abroad. Most TB is treatable and is spread through the air. Montero says the adult was treated effectively.</p> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:50:20 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2731 at http://nhpr.org TB Scare At Concord Elementary School Seniors Increasingly Target of Scams http://nhpr.org/post/seniors-increasingly-target-scams <p>According to the<a href="http://www.ftc.gov/sentinel/reports/sentinel-annual-reports/sentinel-cy2011.pdf" target="_blank"> Federal Trade Commission</a>, the number of complaints about consumer fraud against seniors has more than doubled since 2009. So called imposter scams, when someone poses as a relative or friend to extort money from someone they don&#39;t know increased by 22 percent last year.</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:37:09 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2724 at http://nhpr.org Seniors Increasingly Target of Scams Tips To Prevent Consumer Fraud http://nhpr.org/post/tips-prevent-consumer-fraud <p>Here are some important tips to prevent fraud:</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 19:55:50 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum & Officer Jane Constant 2722 at http://nhpr.org Specialty Hospitals Pass House http://nhpr.org/post/specialty-hospitals-pass-house-0 <p>In a 198 to 161 vote, house members passed a bill that would allow for-profit specialty hospitals to avoid going through the certificate of need regulatory process. The bill also exempts these hospitals, most of which do not take Medicaid patients, from paying the state&#39;s Medicaid Enhancement Tax.</p><p>Opponents say the bill gives an unfair advantage to these for-profit specialty hospitals. Cancer Treatment Centers of America is eyeing New Hampshire as a location for a facility in the Northeast.</p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:40:51 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2671 at http://nhpr.org Specialty Hospitals Pass House House Votes To Dismantle Certificate Of Need Board http://nhpr.org/post/house-votes-dismantle-certificate-need-board <p>The Certificate of Need Board approves new hospitals and expansions of existing medical centers in the state. Wednesday the house voted 166-140 to get rid of the board entirely. The House rejected an amendment which would have overhauled the existing board and phase it out over&nbsp;five years.&nbsp;The idea was to reconfigure the board with non-stakeholders, such as not allowing hospital representatives to serve.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 19:08:19 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2505 at http://nhpr.org House Votes To Dismantle Certificate Of Need Board House Votes Against State Run Health Insurance Exchange http://nhpr.org/post/house-votes-against-state-run-health-insurance-exchange <p><a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/HB1297.html" target="_blank">A bill </a>which prevents the state from creating its own exchange passed overwhelmingly in the house on Thursday</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:13:40 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2394 at http://nhpr.org House Votes Against State Run Health Insurance Exchange Dartmouth Study Says Alcohol in Movies Compels Teens to Drink http://nhpr.org/post/dartmouth-study-says-alcohol-movies-compels-teens-drink <p>A <a href="http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/1/e000543.full?sid=8289c244-310c-4f4f-8c4c-7530ab8cfaae" target="_blank">new study </a>from researchers at Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that the more movies teenagers watch with images of alcohol, the more likely teens will start drinking. The study also found that an increase in movie watching was a major risk factor for teens who already drink to start binge drinking.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:48:16 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2210 at http://nhpr.org Dartmouth Study Says Alcohol in Movies Compels Teens to Drink Specialty Hospitals Get A Favorable Vote http://nhpr.org/post/specialty-hospitals-get-favorable-vote <p>The House Health and Human Services Committee has sent an amended bill allowing not just Cancer Specialty Hospitals but all specialty hospitals to bypass the Certificate of Need process. All other hospitals in the state must go in front of the CON board to gain approval for new or expanded services.</p><p>Rep. Lynn Blakenbeker, Republican of Concord, voted in favor of the bill.</p><p>&quot;We as a state should be encouraging businesses all kinds to come into the state especially when it comes to specialty healthcare treatment we should be offering all options,&quot; she says.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:15:15 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2096 at http://nhpr.org Specialty Hospitals Get A Favorable Vote A Federal vs State Health Insurance Exchange-Does It Matter? http://nhpr.org/post/federal-vs-state-health-insurance-exchange-does-it-matter <p>As part of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/index.html" target="_blank"> Affordable Care Act</a>, every state must have a health insurance exchange in place by January 2014. An exchange is a clearinghouse of sorts where people and small business can go to buy insurance and also find out which tax rebates they may use to help them buy coverage.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:42:37 +0000 Rachel Gotbaum 2031 at http://nhpr.org A Federal vs State Health Insurance Exchange-Does It Matter?