Health Insurance en What's New With The Affordable Care Act In N.H. <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 What's New With The Affordable Care Act In N.H. Regulators Begin Redraft Of '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 Regulators Begin Redraft Of 'Narrow Network' Insurance Rules State To 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 Senator Pushes For Public Hearings On ACA Insurance Plans <p>Any insurance plan sold in the online exchange would first face a public hearing under a bill before State Senators. The measure comes in reaction to Anthem’s decision to cut out 10 of the state's 26 hospitals for plans sold on the new marketplace, a move many<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;lawmakers and consumers say they were blindsided by.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The company defends the decision, saying it helped lower costs by 25%.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:14:52 +0000 Todd Bookman 42991 at Senator Pushes For Public Hearings On ACA Insurance Plans 2014 & The 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 2014 & The Affordable Care Act Profits, Prices Up In 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="" 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 Profits, Prices Up In New Hampshire Health Insurance Market Computer Problems Continue To Plague Insurance Enrollments in N.H. <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 Granite Staters Insured Through High Risk Pool Can Keep Coverage <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire has issued an order allowing nearly 3,000 residents with health insurance through the state's high risk pool to keep their coverage until alternatives are fully available under the federal health care overhaul law. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;The high risk pool serves 2,750 residents who otherwise may have trouble obtaining insurance. It was scheduled to shut down Dec. 31 because after that, insurers must issue polices without regard to health status. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 16:15:30 +0000 Associated Press 39021 at Amid Insurance Website Problems, State Looks To Keep High Risk Pool Alive <p>The New Hampshire Insurance Department wants to keep open a program that provides health coverage for 2,750 residents with pre-existing conditions. The $45-million high risk pool operated by the New Hampshire Health Plan was set to close at year’s end.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since health insurance companies can no longer deny people because of pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act, state-run high risk pools around the country are winding down.</span></p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:28:10 +0000 Todd Bookman 38737 at How Will The New Healthcare Law Impact New Hampshire Residents? <p>With enrollment for healthcare plans under &ldquo;Obamacare&rdquo; set to begin tomorrow, NHPR&rsquo;s health reporter, <strong>Todd Bookman</strong>, has <a href="" target="_blank">kept a steady eye</a> on the rollout of the affordable care act. He put together an <a href="" target="_blank">easy-to-follow guide</a> to what the new healthcare law means for New Hampshire residents, and joins us in the studio to run through some of those points.</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:15:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35902 at How Will The New Healthcare Law Impact New Hampshire Residents? Lowering Insurance Costs Like 'Turning A Battleship' <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Insurance company executives told regulators on Thursday there&rsquo;s no quick fix for the rising cost of health care in the state.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:10:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 35700 at Lowering Insurance Costs Like 'Turning A Battleship' Obamacare & You: What The New Law Means For N.H. <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="1375px" id="iframe" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="" width="595px"></iframe></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:04:12 +0000 Todd Bookman & Sara Plourde 34912 at Obamacare & You: What The New Law Means For N.H. The Next Big Phase Of The Affordable Care Act <p>Enrollment begins soon for the on-line health insurance “exchanges” or marketplaces. So far, in this state, only one insurer is taking part…with a product that offers lower cost but a narrower network.&nbsp; We’ll look at the rollout of this one component of Obamacare.and what it could mean for the Granite State.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 35117 at The Next Big Phase Of The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Shake Up Continues In N.H. <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time in less than a week, the health care landscape in New Hampshire is absorbing a major announcement.</span> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 22:10:35 +0000 Todd Bookman 34642 at Health Insurance Shake Up Continues In N.H. Insurance Switch Nets University System $10 Million In Savings <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state’s University System says it saved $10 million last year by switching how it provides health insurance for employees.</span></p><p>Rather than paying an insurance company a fixed amount per employee for health coverage, the University System now uses a self-insured plan, where it pays out of pocket as health bills come in.</p><p>Self-insured plans put more risk on the employer, but Todd Leach, Chancellor of the University Stem, says the model made economic sense for his institution.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:27:34 +0000 Todd Bookman 32391 at