Health Exchange http://nhpr.org en 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 What's New With The Affordable Care Act In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/whats-new-affordable-care-act-nh <p>Expanded Medicaid for low-income adults is coming, but may be delayed.&nbsp; Meanwhile, four more insurance companies say they’re ready to join New Hampshire’s marketplace for coverage next year.&nbsp; And as we head into this fall's elections,&nbsp; the health care law remains a major point of political contention.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:00:48 +0000 The Exchange 50247 at http://nhpr.org What's New With The Affordable Care Act In N.H. It's Last Call For Health Sign-Ups In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/its-last-call-health-sign-ups-new-hampshire <p>Time is running out for individuals looking to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The cut-off to start the sign-up process is March 31<sup>st</sup>, and unlike previous deadlines, it looks like this one may actually hold.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s got John </span>Carland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> taking the process more seriously.</span></p><p>“I put things off,” says Carland. “I’m a procrastinator. So, I just put it off until I had to do it, I guess.”</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:41:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 45692 at http://nhpr.org It's Last Call For Health Sign-Ups In New Hampshire Senate Approves Bill To Hold Public Hearings On ACA Insurance Plans http://nhpr.org/post/senate-approves-bill-hold-public-hearings-aca-insurance-plans <p>Health insurance products sold in New Hampshire’s exchange would face public hearings under a bill passed by the Senate.</p><p>Supporters say the hearings will provide transparency about what exactly the plans cover, and which doctors and hospitals are participating. The move comes in direct response to Anthem’s so-called narrow network exchange plans that leave out 10 of the state’s 26 hospitals.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:07:12 +0000 Todd Bookman 45017 at http://nhpr.org Senate Approves Bill To Hold Public Hearings On ACA Insurance Plans New Hampshire Surpasses ACA Sign-Up Target http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-surpasses-aca-sign-target <p>More than 21,000 New Hampshire residents have signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, according to new <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2014pres/03/20140311a.html" target="_blank">data </a>released by the federal government.</p><p>In February, 4,715 enrolled in coverage, bringing the total since October above the federal government’s estimate of 19,000 total sign-ups for the state.</p><p>Women account for 55% of enrollees, and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nearly 3-in-4 residents qualified for some level of financial assistance.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:04:44 +0000 Todd Bookman 44886 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Surpasses ACA Sign-Up Target Anthem Gives Customers More Time To Pay First Bill http://nhpr.org/post/anthem-gives-customers-more-time-pay-first-bill <p>Customers who bought health insurance in the new exchange are getting more time to pay their first month’s bill. Anthem Blue Cross says New Hampshire consumers who signed up before the deadline for coverage starting January 1<sup>st</sup> now have until the end of the month to pay their first month’s premium. The deadline was originally today.</p><p>Last week the company’s president acknowledged that many new customers still hadn’t received their insurance ID cards and that a help line was overwhelmed with calls.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:56:30 +0000 Todd Bookman 41906 at http://nhpr.org Anthem Gives Customers More Time To Pay First Bill New Website Wants To Tackle Your Health Law Questions http://nhpr.org/post/new-website-wants-tackle-your-health-law-questions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire consumers looking for information about the health law can now turn to a local website.</span></p><p>CoveringNewHampshire.org bills itself as the gateway for the health insurance marketplace. Browsers can learn about the law, use an online calculator to see if they qualify for tax credits, and window-shop the 11 different insurance plans Anthem is offering through the Affordable Care Act.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 40662 at http://nhpr.org New Website Wants To Tackle Your Health Law Questions Two States, Two Approaches To The Affordable Care Act http://nhpr.org/post/two-states-two-approaches-affordable-care-act <p>While the Affordable Care Act is a federal law, it’s playing out very differently across the states. In New Hampshire, strong opposition from Republican lawmakers and a lack of competition between insurance companies has marred the roll out advocates had hoped for.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:23:02 +0000 Todd Bookman & Rick Ganley 40299 at http://nhpr.org Two States, Two Approaches To The Affordable Care Act More Competition Coming To New Hampshire's Insurance Market http://nhpr.org/post/more-competition-coming-new-hampshires-insurance-market <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Consumers will have more health insurance options in New Hampshire starting in 2015. Massachusetts-based non-profit Minuteman Health says it plans to compete in the state’s exchange with a wide network of hospitals.</p><p>CEO Tom Policelli says his company has already begun talks with many of the state’s providers.</p><p>“We believe that we can come into New Hampshire and offer a much more broad network than Anthem has, and still deliver an excellent price point, and that’s what we intend to do,” says Policelli.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:15:01 +0000 Todd Bookman 40053 at http://nhpr.org More Competition Coming To New Hampshire's Insurance Market Frisbie Memorial Hospital Denied Hearing Against 'Narrow Network' http://nhpr.org/post/frisbie-memorial-hospital-denied-hearing-against-narrow-network <p>The New Hampshire Insurance Department is <a href="http://www.nh.gov/insurance/legal/documents/order_on_petition12.11.13.pdf" target="_blank">denying </a>a complaint filed by Frisbie Memorial Hospital over its exclusion from Anthem’s provider network for individual policies.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:05:57 +0000 Todd Bookman 40052 at http://nhpr.org More New Hampshire Users Getting Through Troubled Health Site http://nhpr.org/post/more-new-hampshire-users-getting-through-troubled-health-site <p>In November, 1,300 New Hampshire residents were able to select insurance plans through HealthCare.gov. That brings the total to 1,569 since the start of enrollment on October 1<sup>st.</sup></p><p>New <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Dec2013/ib_2013dec_enrollment.pdf" target="_blank">data </a>out from the federal government show more than 8,700 people in the state completed applications for health insurance in the new marketplace.</p><p>Maine has seen activity similar to New Hampshire.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:35:01 +0000 Todd Bookman 39966 at http://nhpr.org Computer Problems Continue To Plague Insurance Enrollments in N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/computer-problems-continue-plague-insurance-enrollments-nh <p>Anthem Blue Cross says it’s still having trouble processing some new health insurance enrollments because of computer problems.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:59:30 +0000 Todd Bookman 39915 at http://nhpr.org Anthem Extends Renewal Date For Customers Who Want To Keep Plans http://nhpr.org/post/anthem-extends-renewal-date-customers-who-want-keep-plans <p>Anthem Blue Cross says it’s extending the renewal date for customers who buy individual policies. The state’s largest health insurance company <strong><a href="http://news.anthem.com/bcp/index.php/articlepreview/index.html/date_has_been_extended_for_members_to_change_their_policy_year_renewal_mont" target="_blank">informed </a></strong>brokers earlier this week that current policyholders who want to keep their plans will have until the end of the month to renew, &nbsp;a two week extension from the original deadline of November 15.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:07:16 +0000 Todd Bookman 38615 at http://nhpr.org Anthem Extends Renewal Date For Customers Who Want To Keep Plans Data Reveal Low Insurance Enrollment Figures In New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/data-reveal-low-insurance-enrollment-figures-new-hampshire <p>In New Hampshire, 269 residents have selected health plans through the new marketplace, according to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/rpt_enrollment.pdf" target="_blank">figures </a>released Wednesday by the federal government.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:40:17 +0000 Todd Bookman 38473 at http://nhpr.org Shaheen Continues Push For Health Law Enrollment Extension http://nhpr.org/post/shaheen-continues-push-health-law-enrollment-extension <p>Senator Jeanne Shaheen continues to press the Obama administration to extend the enrollment period for those looking to buy coverage through the new health law. In an <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/10/29/affordable-care-act-website-enrollment-sen-jeanne-shaheen-editorials-debates/3309411/" target="_blank">op-ed</a> in <em>USA Today</em>, Shaheen says consumers shouldn’t be penalized by a failed website roll-0ut.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:38:41 +0000 Todd Bookman 37639 at http://nhpr.org