Insurance Department 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 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 $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 News Primer: Frisbie Hospital Challenges Anthem's Provider Network http://nhpr.org/post/news-primer-frisbie-hospital-challenges-anthems-provider-network <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>In the pitched political battle over the Affordable Care Act, Republicans and Democrats seem to have found common ground on one issue: Anthem’s so-called narrow network of providers.</p><p>From GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a wide array of voices have complained that Anthem’s decision to exclude 10 hospitals from its plans sold through the new federal health exchange harms patients.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:09:40 +0000 Todd Bookman 48416 at http://nhpr.org News Primer: Frisbie Hospital Challenges Anthem's Provider Network Frisbie Hospital Patient Granted Hearing On Anthem's Network http://nhpr.org/post/frisbie-hospital-patient-granted-hearing-anthems-network <p>After several stops and starts, the Insurance Department has agreed to a formal hearing on the adequacy of Anthem’s narrow network of hospitals.</p><p>The move stems from a complaint filed by East Rochester resident Margaret McCarthy. She says she’s been aggrieved by Anthem’s decision to exclude Frisbie Memorial Hospital from its network for plans sold through the Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:35:55 +0000 Todd Bookman 47673 at http://nhpr.org Frisbie Hospital Patient Granted Hearing On Anthem's Network Report Citing 90% Rate Increase Under ACA Called Into Question http://nhpr.org/post/report-citing-90-rate-increase-under-aca-called-question <p>The New Hampshire Insurance Department is disputing a report that claims a 90% spike in individual premiums under the Affordable Care Act. The <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/nhpr/files/201404/Morgan_Stanley_Survey.pdf" target="_blank">report </a>from Morgan Stanley, which has become the latest flashpoint in the political battle over Obamacare, was based on a national survey of insurance brokers.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:21:39 +0000 Todd Bookman 46488 at http://nhpr.org Report Citing 90% Rate Increase Under ACA Called Into Question State To Hear Complaint Against Anthem ACA Plans http://nhpr.org/post/state-hear-complaint-against-anthem-aca-plans <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire's Insurance Department will hear a complaint about the exclusion of a hospital from the network of providers covered under the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A patient at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester says Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's network is inadequate because it does not include Frisbie. Sixteen hospitals are in the network; 10 are not. Anthem has said the "narrow'' network keeps costs down and the state insurance department determined the network meets adequacy standards. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:34:18 +0000 Associated Press 45875 at http://nhpr.org Profits, Prices Up In New Hampshire Health Insurance Market http://nhpr.org/post/profits-prices-new-hampshire-health-insurance-market <p>A new report finds health care costs in the state continue to rise, even as New Hampshire residents visit doctors less often.</p><p>The Insurance Department’s annual <a href="http://www.nh.gov/insurance/reports/documents/nhid_ann_rrhrng_2013rpt.pdf" target="_blank">report</a>, based on 2012 rates, finds average premiums were up just about 1% from the year before. But Tyler Brannen, an analyst with the Department, says those premium dollars are actually buying consumers less coverage.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:39:37 +0000 Todd Bookman 40401 at http://nhpr.org Profits, Prices Up In New Hampshire Health Insurance Market Federal Grant To Market Health Law Again Delayed http://nhpr.org/post/federal-grant-market-health-law-again-delayed <p>A flawed bid process is further delaying efforts to market the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire, as t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he group in charge of awarding a $2 million contract has decided to reopen its application process.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:14:57 +0000 Todd Bookman 37213 at http://nhpr.org State Will Have Input Into Federal Health Care Exchange, Says Insurance Commissioner http://nhpr.org/post/state-will-have-input-federal-health-care-exchange-says-insurance-commissioner <p>Several weeks ago, Gov. John Lynch signed a bill that blocked the state from setting up a health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>That means, under the act, the federal government will set up an exchange for New Hampshire, to give individuals who were previously unable to buy insurance &nbsp;access to health care coverage.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:26:40 +0000 Brady Carlson 7821 at http://nhpr.org State Will Have Input Into Federal Health Care Exchange, Says Insurance Commissioner