Health Exchange

Health
4:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Narrow Network Insurance Plans Could Spark New Regulations

Michael Justice and his wife Chris in front of their Peterborough home.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

When Michael Justice was laid off from a local college last year, he lost a job he liked, a paycheck he needed and an insurance plan he relied on.

At 63, he’s now buying a policy to cover him and his wife. The bill every month is $1,638.

“It’s more than we pay for mortgage, its more than we pay on property taxes, which in New Hampshire is saying a bit,” says Justice. “It’s more than we pay for heating oil, more than we pay for electricity, more than we pay for water.”

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Health
5:08 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Signing Up On Insurance Marketplace Delivers More Errors Than Results

We've heard a lot about the new health insurance exchanges (A.K.A. marketplaces) since they launched this month. What follows is a blog of my attempts to navigate New Hampshire's marketplace. So far, it's been an error-ridden process with recurring visits to a virtual waiting room.

Day 1: October 1st

11:15 a.m.

Creating an account. 

Using Google Chrome browser, I go to Healthcare.gov. I click log in at the top right corner of the first screen.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Answering Your Questions About The Health Insurance Marketplace

Credit 401(K) 2012 / Flickr Creative Commons

As of yesterday, Americans can shop for coverage on these exchanges, set up by the Affordable Care Act. But many people are unaware of these marketplaces and many more have lots of questions- from who’s eligible, to what coverage is available, to how much it might cost.

GUESTS:

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Health
5:30 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

N.H. Marketplace Will Have Lower Prices, But Fewer Choices, Than Neighbors

National average does not include Massachusetts, Hawaii, or Kentucky, where rate information isn't yet available.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides a snapshot of premium prices for health plans sold in the new marketplaces. When they launch October 1, individuals will be able to comparison shop for plans in their state's marketplace and apply for subsidies meant to make insurance more affordable.

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Health
5:28 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

No Paul Bunyan, But Health Law Education Efforts Ramp Up In State

The Fuller Public Library in Hillsborough hosts book groups, a story hour for preschoolers, and the occasional knitting workshop.

Also on the calendar this month? An hour-long presentation on the Affordable Care Act.

“Tonight, this is probably going to feel like you are drinking from  a fire hose,” says Kelly Clark, State Director for AARP New Hampshire.

She runs through a slide show for a group of about two dozen residents. It touches on all the main points of the law: the exchanges, the mandates, subsidies, and Medicaid.

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Health
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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

The Next Big Phase Of The Affordable Care Act

Credit WUKY

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.  We’ll look at the rollout of this one component of Obamacare.and what it could mean for the Granite State.

GUESTS:

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Health
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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Health
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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Health
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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Health
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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NH News
5:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Two N.H. Organizations Selected As Navigators Under Health Law

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Bi-State Primary Care Association, a non-profit network of health centers, will receive federal grant money to help consumers sign up for coverage under the new health law.

Federal officials announced Thursday a total of $67 million in grants to more than 105 groups around the country.

Bi-State Primary Care Association will receive $430,000, while Planned Parenthood will get $145,000.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

New Hampshire's Health Exchange Monopoly

via WUKY

It wasn’t exactly a victory lap, but the president was in California last week praising an early success of the Affordable Care Act.

Speaking in San Jose on Friday, Obama touted the California health insurance exchange--one of the new online marketplaces where individuals and small business employers can shop for coverage and apply for subsidies starting October 1.

California's exchange will have 13 companies competing for business and rates far below what experts predicted.

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NH News
5:44 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Senate Vote Puts Portion Of N.H. Partnership Health Exchange In Jeopardy

A highly technical bill meant to streamline insurance regulation in the state isn't receiving support in a Senate committee, an action that could block the state's efforts to partner with the Federal government on a new health exchange.

The bill, HB 668, was originally requested by the N.H. Insurance Department to bring state law inline with the Affordable Care Act. Without it, parts of the ACA will be in conflict with current state practice, meaning the Federal government will step in to regulate health insurance plans. Traditionally, the Insurance Department has held that role.

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Health
4:35 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

State Hears Ideas For Launching Health Exchange

Health providers, small business owners and reform advocates attended a brainstorming session in Concord on Friday. State Insurance Department officials organized the event, seeking input on how best to implement the new health exchange in New Hampshire.

A range of ideas were offered, from social media campaigns to informational events at hardware stores to old-fashioned word of mouth. Participants stressed a need to reach all communities, including minority and non-English speaking groups, and to do so quickly.

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