Health http://nhpr.org en 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 Informational Campaign For N.H.'s Expanded Medicaid Kicks Off http://nhpr.org/post/informational-campaign-nhs-expanded-medicaid-kicks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services held a public info session in Manchester Tuesday night to demystify the state’s new Expanded Medicaid plan.</p><p>About 15 people, mostly care providers, attended the Manchester session. Questions ranged from how one qualifies for the program and ‘are refugees included?’ (they are), to the application process itself.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Ryan Lessard 50020 at http://nhpr.org Informational Campaign For N.H.'s Expanded Medicaid Kicks Off 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 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 State Nears Settlement With Most Hospitals http://nhpr.org/post/state-nears-settlement-most-hospitals <div>Governor Maggie Hassan has announced a tentative settlement&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">with almost all the hospitals in the state over Medicaid rates and a tax on&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hospital revenues that two judges have said is unconstitutional.</span></div><p></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 22:28:23 +0000 Associated Press 49409 at http://nhpr.org State Nears Settlement With Most Hospitals Little Progress Made Toward Solving Legislature’s Biggest Remaining Policy Question http://nhpr.org/post/little-progress-made-toward-solving-legislature-s-biggest-remaining-policy-question <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first public meeting between House and Senate negotiators working to fix the state’s Medicaid enhancement tax lasted all of 20 minutes, but parties are optimistic a deal can be struck.</span></p><p>Representative Cindy Rosenwald, a Nashua Democrat, used the hearing to reiterate the House’s position that despite court rulings declaring the tax unlawful, the New Hampshire Supreme Court will see otherwise.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 19:58:56 +0000 Todd Bookman 49317 at http://nhpr.org Little Progress Made Toward Solving Legislature’s Biggest Remaining Policy Question Health Law Proves Big Business For Contractors http://nhpr.org/post/health-law-proves-big-business-contractors <p>There was a time not all that long ago when politicians in New Hampshire had no trouble turning away federal money tied to the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>In March of 2011, the Republican-controlled Executive Council rejected a planning grant to explore creation of a state-run health care exchange.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the time, Republican Chris </span>Sununu<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said federal money for implementing so-called </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was “like crack to the states.”</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:48:41 +0000 Todd Bookman 49254 at http://nhpr.org Health Law Proves Big Business For Contractors $40 For An Ice Pack? Workers' Comp System Comes Under Review http://nhpr.org/post/40-ice-pack-workers-comp-system-comes-under-review <p>Governor Hassan is creating a task force to study ways to improve the state’s workers’ compensation system.</p><p>The move comes on the heels of a <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/201405/EMBARGOED_NH_Workers_Compensation_Medical_Costs_Comparison.pdf" target="_blank">new report</a> that finds worker compensation costs in New Hampshire are well above regional and national averages.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:15:21 +0000 Todd Bookman 49005 at http://nhpr.org $40 For An Ice Pack? Workers' Comp System Comes Under Review Insurance Department Holds Hearing On Narrow Network http://nhpr.org/post/insurance-department-holds-hearing-narrow-network <p>Politicians in New Hampshire have done plenty of arguing over the Affordable Care Act. Today, lawyers were given a turn.</p><p>A long-awaited hearing was held at the state Insurance Department. At issue is a complaint filed by an East Rochester woman over alleged harm suffered at the hands of Anthem’s limited network of hospitals.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Margaret McCarthy was a bookkeeper and office manager, but now, in her early 60s, she’s content volunteering as treasurer of her church.</span></p> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:20:34 +0000 Todd Bookman 48508 at http://nhpr.org Insurance Department Holds Hearing On Narrow Network Anthem Says High Percent Of New ACA Customers Paid First Bill http://nhpr.org/post/anthem-says-high-percent-new-aca-customers-paid-first-bill <p>Nearly 90% of the people who signed up for health care through the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire have paid their first month’s bill.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Anthem, the only insurance company in the exchange this year, says roughly 35,000 out of the 40,000 who enrolled through healthcare.gov are paid up.</span></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:13:17 +0000 Todd Bookman 48228 at http://nhpr.org Anthem Says High Percent Of New ACA Customers Paid First Bill Healthcare.gov Appears To Be A Good Deal For States http://nhpr.org/post/healthcaregov-appears-be-good-deal-states <p>New Englanders are a frugal bunch, so they may want to take note that when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, healthcare.gov was more efficient than the state-run exchanges.</p><p>A <a href="http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/5-7-14-Exchanges-report.pdf" target="_blank">new report</a> out from a former Obama Administration official finds that the cost-per-enrollee was lower in federally-run exchanges than in state-run exchanges.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:21:55 +0000 Todd Bookman 48157 at http://nhpr.org Healthcare.gov Appears To Be A Good Deal For States