Todd Bookman

Health Reporter

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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2:50 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Says Health Law Already Having Positive Impact

Senator Shaheen speaking in Concord on Monday. She calls the law "the single biggest advancement for women's health, really, in my lifetime."
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

  At an event organized by the New Hampshire Women’s Health Network and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Senator Shaheen praised the law as the single biggest advancement in women’s health in her lifetime.

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4:59 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Anthem Tells Senators It Likely Won't Add More Hospitals To Narrow Network

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO Lisa Guertin answered questions in Concord on Wednesday.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

New Hampshire Senators expressed frustration with Anthem Blue Cross on Wednesday about the insurance products they plan to sell in the new health marketplaces. 

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9:31 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Anthem Releases Some Sample Rates For Insurance Marketplace

Anthem Blue Cross is providing a snapshot of some of the rates it will charge for insurance plans bought in the new health marketplaces.

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4:50 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Anthem To Offer 11 Different Options In Health Exchange

Individuals looking to purchase health insurance through the new marketplaces will have only one company to choose from in New Hampshire.

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2:17 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Democrats Say Alternative Plan To Medicaid Expansion 'Makes No Sense'

Sylvia Larsen, appearing on the Exchange in 2011

Democratic lawmakers are criticizing a Republican-backed alternative plan to Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire. 

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5:57 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Study Commission Hears Competing Plan For Possible Expansion

Avik Roy presents before the commission studying a possible Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The star attraction this week at the special 9-member commission studying a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program was Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and popular conservative blogger with Forbes.com.

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4:24 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

With Managed Care Launching, Let The Marketing Begin

The state's long-coming transition to what's called Medicaid managed care takes a big step Wednesday, when most of the state’s 130,000 Medicaid recipients enter into an open enrollment period.

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6:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Health Insurance Shake Up Continues In N.H.

All smiles as executives introduce the ElevateHealth product at a press conference in Concord.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

For the second time in less than a week, the health care landscape in New Hampshire is absorbing a major announcement.

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5:40 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Republicans Criticize Anthem's Plan To Drop Some Hospitals From Network

Anthem Blue Cross is defending its move to reduce the number of hospitals in its network for individuals buying coverage through the new health exchange marketplaces. 

The state's largest carrier and only company to participate in the exchange is dropping ten New Hampshire hospitals from its provider network for all individual policy holders. That includes plans bought both inside and outside of the new health exchange marketplace that rolls out October 1st. It doesn’t apply to employer-sponsored plans or plans for some Medicare recipients.

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9:20 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Surgery Patients Potentially Exposed To Rare Brain Disorder

Eight patients who underwent operations at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester may have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakod Disease (CJD), a rare and fatal brain disorder that affects only one in a million people worldwide.

Public health officials say a patient underwent a successful procedure in May of this year to remove a brain cyst at Catholic Medical Center. The patient then began displaying symptoms for CJD, which causes cognitive difficulties and a rapidly failing memory.

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3:29 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Second Employee Tests Positive For Hepatitis A At Contoocook Restaurant

Dr. Jose Montero briefs reporters on the Hepatitis A investigation.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A second employee at a Contoocook restaurant has tested positive for Hepatitis A, prompting state health officials to open vaccination clinics.

The bartender worked only two days at the Covered Bridge Restaurant: on August 13th and August 20th.  

Public Health Director Jose Montero says an estimated 100 to 200 people may have been exposed, though the risk of transmission is small.

"This is a really low-risk situation, I want to over-emphasize that," says Montero. "We are doing this just as a preventive measure."

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9:06 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives

Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Advance directives—sometimes called living wills—let people decide who can make medical decisions for them and what invasive treatments should be avoided at the end of life. Many in the healthcare system say they are vital plans that ensure a patient’s voice is heard, but only 25% of Granite Staters have signed advance directives.

In this series, Health Reporter Todd Bookman looks at efforts to increase that number, gives an introduction to the form and its latest re-write. and examines the impact of not having a completed advance directive.

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5:06 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Planning For The End: Miraculous Recovery, Little Regret

Sometimes, even thoughtful planning for the end of one's life can't foresee all the possible outcomes.

That was certainly the case for Reverend Canon Randy Dales of Wolfeboro, and his father-in-law. Canon Dales is a vocal advocate for the use of advance directives to maintain dignity in death, with his position formed by four decades of ministry and 30 years of work in a hospice he co-founded.

We continue our series on advance directives in New Hampshire with this audio postcard.

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4:58 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Planning For The End: When Courts Have To Make Medical Decisions

Dr. Tim Lahey is Chair of Dartmouth Hitchcock's Bioethics Committee.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

This week, we’ve been looking at end-of-life planning in the Granite State, and some efforts to streamline and increase the use of  advance directives--the legal documents that let people name who can make medical decisions for them and what treatments should be avoided to preserve dignity. We continue our series with this look at what can happen when there is no plan in place, forcing the medical system to turn to the legal system for answers.

Dr. Tim Lahey prefers to spend his days in hospitals and clinics, not courtrooms.

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4:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Planning For The End: Talking About Death Often Stands In The Way

Roy Quimby rides a Harley to his chemotherapy treatments. "I've always been active. I plan on staying active."
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A survey from the National Hospice Foundation finds that Americans are more comfortable talking to their kids about sex than they are talking to their elderly parents about death. End-of-life remains simply a taboo subject in many households. But these important conversations are necessary to create the living wills that can help keep dignity in dying. We continue our 3-part series on advance directives with this look at efforts around the state to get more people talking, and planning, for their end-of-life.

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