Affordable Care Act http://nhpr.org en Medicaid Enrollment Jumps By 11,000, Stretching State Budget http://nhpr.org/post/medicaid-enrollment-jumps-11000-stretching-state-budget <p></p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n unexpected surge in Medicaid enrollments during the past six months is putting pressure on the state’s budget.</span></p><p>Medicaid has seen its enrollment jump by roughly 11,000 people since January 1. State officials attribute this to two main things: under the Affordable Care Act, there’s a streamlined application process, and that increased publicity surrounding the law brought out more applicants.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:08:03 +0000 Todd Bookman 51705 at http://nhpr.org 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 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 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 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 Ad Audit: Conservative Group’s New Ad Targets Kuster’s Support of Affordable Care Act http://nhpr.org/post/ad-audit-conservative-group-s-new-ad-targets-kuster-s-support-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The New Hampshire arm of Americans for Prosperity continues to pound away at Democrats over the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The conservative non-profit's latest volley is a new television ad attacking New Hampshire’s 2nd District Congresswoman Ann&nbsp;McLane Kuster for her support of so-called Obamacare.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 18:52:44 +0000 Brian Wallstin 48491 at http://nhpr.org Ad Audit: Conservative Group’s New Ad Targets Kuster’s Support of Affordable Care Act 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 Anthem Extends Deadline For Non-Compliant Plans Under ACA http://nhpr.org/post/anthem-extends-deadline-non-compliant-plans-under-aca <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 10,000 New Hampshire residents whose individual insurance policies don't comply with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law will get a chance to renew them for another year. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Obama administration announced a two-year extension in March for </span>noncompliant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> policies if states and insurance companies allow it. Sun, 11 May 2014 18:35:01 +0000 Associated Press 48299 at http://nhpr.org 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 Enrollment In Obamacare Tops 40,000 http://nhpr.org/post/enrollment-obamacare-tops-40000 <p></p><p>More than 40,000 New Hampshire residents enrolled in health plans through the Affordable Care Act, according to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Apr2014/ib_2014Apr_enrollAddendum.pdf" target="_blank">new figures</a> out from the federal government.</p><p>Nearly half the sign-ups came during a March and April surge, erasing a poor showing in the early months when healthcare.gov was plagued by technical glitches.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Even supporters of the law reacted with surprise to the final tally for the open enrollment period.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:07:15 +0000 Todd Bookman 47758 at http://nhpr.org Enrollment In Obamacare Tops 40,000 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 State Awaits Approval Of Medicaid Expansion Plan http://nhpr.org/post/state-awaits-approval-medicaid-expansion-plan <p>The state is bumping up against an intended&nbsp;start date for Medicaid expansion sign-ups.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/SB0413.html" target="_blank">bi-partisan plan</a> agreed to earlier this year originally called for a two-month early enrollment period beginning May 1<sup>st</sup> with coverage starting in July, but t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hasn’t yet signed off on the package.</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 20:54:25 +0000 Todd Bookman 47553 at http://nhpr.org Regulators Begin Redraft Of 'Narrow Network' Insurance Rules http://nhpr.org/post/regulators-begin-redraft-narrow-network-insurance-rules <p>The Insurance Department kicked off a series of public meetings on Wednesday looking into network adequacy standards, with a focus on health plans that exclude doctors and hospitals.</p><p>Anthem’s ‘narrow network’ plans—the only option available through so-called ObamaCare this year—left out 10 of New Hampshire’s 26 hospitals, forcing some consumers to switch doctors.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Insurance Department found Anthem’s plans met the current standards for coverage, which take into account the distance patients must travel for care.</span></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:38:40 +0000 Todd Bookman 47276 at http://nhpr.org Regulators Begin Redraft Of 'Narrow Network' Insurance Rules