Health Care http://nhpr.org en Giving Matters: Farnum Center Helps People Get Clean http://nhpr.org/post/giving-matters-farnum-center-helps-people-get-clean <p><a href="http://www.estreatment.org/" target="_blank">The Farnum Center</a> provides treatment to people with substance use disorders. It recently moved to a new facility which includes a new medical detox unit, the only one in the state not connected to a hospital.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr. Cheryl </span>Wilkie<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> works with patients at the center. “We have a five day detox, a 30-day residential treatment center and then outpatient services that follow them as long as they need it.</span></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:38:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 52182 at http://nhpr.org Giving Matters: Farnum Center Helps People Get Clean 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 New Hampshire Vets To Receive More Non-VA Care Following Audit http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-vets-receive-more-non-va-care-following-audit <p>New Hampshire veterans who have been waiting more than three months for an appointment to see a specialist at the Manchester VA Medical Center now have the option of receiving treatment from a non-VA physician.</p><p>Staff at the center are in the process of contacting 118 Granite State veterans who are on an “electronic wait list” of former troops who have been unable to see a VA physician in 90 days or less, said Tammy Krueger, director of the Manchester VA Medical Center.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 50010 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Vets To Receive More Non-VA Care Following Audit Audit Details Appointment Delays For New Hampshire Vets http://nhpr.org/post/audit-details-appointment-delays-new-hampshire-vets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veterans seeking an appointment </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at the VA Medical Center in Manchester were able to </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">see a doctor in 30 days or less 98 percent of the time,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;according to a nationwide <a href="http://www.va.gov/health/docs/VAAccessAuditFindingsReport.pdf" target="_blank">audit</a> released today by Department of Veterans Affairs</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:08:08 +0000 Brian Wallstin 49927 at http://nhpr.org Legislative Committee Approves Waiver To Seek $275M In Matching Funds For Health Services http://nhpr.org/post/legislative-committee-approves-waiver-seek-275m-matching-funds-health-services <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">New Hampshire will seek a waiver from the federal government Friday hoping to get $275 million more in matching funds over five years for health care services provided by the state, county and local governments.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The joint legislative Fiscal Committee approved the waiver application Wednesday.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:21:51 +0000 Associated Press 49328 at http://nhpr.org Legislative Committee Approves Waiver To Seek $275M In Matching Funds For Health Services How One Hospital Hopes To Lure Patients With Clearer Prices http://nhpr.org/post/how-one-hospital-hopes-lure-patients-clearer-prices <p>You don’t drop everything to go get a colonoscopy.</p><p>But after a decade of waiting, 63-year old Richard Coll of Manchester knew he couldn’t keep putting it off.</p><p>“It’s something you got to do, you’re supposed to do," says Coll. "There’s a little history in my family, so I was encouraged to do it.”</p><p>But he doesn’t have insurance and the price tag—actually the lack of a price tag-—kept getting in the way.</p><p>“[I was] shopping around, and everyone I asked, whether it was the doctor or an institution like a hospital, they looked at me like I was crazy,” says Coll.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:10:05 +0000 Todd Bookman 47144 at http://nhpr.org How One Hospital Hopes To Lure Patients With Clearer Prices N.H. Plans To Appeal Hospital Tax Ruling http://nhpr.org/post/nh-plans-appeal-hospital-tax-ruling <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The state will appeal a superior court judge's ruling that a tax on New Hampshire's hospitals that brings in $185 million annually is unconstitutional.</p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:57:38 +0000 Associated Press 46744 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Plans To Appeal Hospital Tax Ruling Providing Dental Health Care To Uninsured Kids http://nhpr.org/post/providing-dental-health-care-uninsured-kids <p>The <a href="http://www.childrensdentalnetwork.org/index.html" target="_blank">Children’s Dental Network</a> offers preventive dental services in 27 schools in and around Derry, NH to children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to those services. Jeanne Carroll and her husband are both college grads, and considered themselves “middle class;” they never thought they would have difficulty providing dental health care for their three children.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:43:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 46204 at http://nhpr.org Providing Dental Health Care To Uninsured Kids Re-Examining End-Of-Life Care http://nhpr.org/post/re-examining-end-life-care <p>A recent report finds that a growing number of elderly patients outlive their hospice stay, costing Medicare millions, and raising questions about how we look at end of life care. Some say these conversations should start long before a terminal diagnosis. That they say will end up helping them live more comfortably in their final days, all while reducing the bottom line.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 43590 at http://nhpr.org Re-Examining End-Of-Life Care More Than 16K In New Hampshire Sign Up Under Health Law http://nhpr.org/post/more-16k-new-hampshire-sign-under-health-law <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Obama administration says about 5,000 more New Hampshire residents selected a health plan through the new federal insurance market last month.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:13:23 +0000 Associated Press & NHPR Staff 43462 at http://nhpr.org More Than 16K In New Hampshire Sign Up Under Health Law Rethink 2014: Reframing Alcoholism http://nhpr.org/post/rethink-2014-reframing-alcoholism <p>The centers for disease control and prevention recently reported that doctors don’t adequately warn patients about the dangers of drinking. CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said, “there are at least 38 million Americans who have problems with alcohol. For every alcoholic, there are six people who drink too much to the point where it adversely affects their lives”. Our guest is Lance Brendan Young, he argues the problem doesn’t begin in the doctor’s office, but dates back to 1849 when the term “alcoholism” was first described as a chronic, relapsing disease. Lance is assistant professor of communication at Western Illinois University and <a href="http://www.livescience.com/16220-alcoholism-disease-model-problems.html">has researched and written extensively on the language used to frame alcohol abuse</a>. He doesn’t think the condition should be treated as a disease&nbsp; Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:09:12 +0000 Virginia Prescott 41922 at http://nhpr.org Rethink 2014: Reframing Alcoholism 2014 & The Affordable Care Act http://nhpr.org/post/2014-affordable-care-act <p>Twenty-fourteen is when the rubber hits road for the ACA, with new deadlines and new requirements kicking in. These include the so-called individual mandate, which says everyone must carry health insurance or pay a penalty.&nbsp; We’re talking about what to expect in the Granite State in 2014.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><ul><li><strong>Todd Bookman- </strong>NHPR’s health reporter</li><li><strong>Jay Hancock – </strong>reporter for Kaiser Health News</li></ul> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 41115 at http://nhpr.org 2014 & The Affordable Care Act On The Political Front For Nov. 18 http://nhpr.org/post/political-front-nov-18 <p></p><p>On the Political Front, NHPR's&nbsp;Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about how the Democratic members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation - all facing re-election next fall - are now supporting changes to the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:21:15 +0000 Michael Brindley 38705 at http://nhpr.org On The Political Front For Nov. 18 Sen. Shaheen Introduces Bill To Extend Health Care Deadline By Two Months http://nhpr.org/post/sen-shaheen-introduces-bill-extend-health-care-deadline-two-months <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced a measure that would give people at least a two-month extension to make up for time lost to website glitches to sign up for health insurance plans under the new federal health care overhaul law.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:21:25 +0000 Associated Press 38466 at http://nhpr.org Sen. Shaheen Introduces Bill To Extend Health Care Deadline By Two Months One-Year Renewal An Option For Cancelled Insurance Plans http://nhpr.org/post/one-year-renewal-option-cancelled-insurance-plans <p>Many New Hampshire residents who buy their own health insurance are finding cancelation notices in their mailbox. Anthem, the state’s largest carrier, says it’s dropping more than two-thirds of its individual plans because they don’t satisfy new regulations in the Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Linda Allen of Allen Associates in Manchester says her brokerage house has been flooded with calls about the discontinuation notice.</span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:51:55 +0000 Todd Bookman 37999 at http://nhpr.org