The New Hampshire Insurance Department is holding a public hearing to explain the standards it uses to approve provider networks for health insurance plans.
Monday's hearing was requested by Rochester's Frisbie Memorial Hospital, which is fighting its exclusion from the narrow network Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield created for individual plans sold under the federal health care overhaul law. The hospital's lawyer plans to argue that the insurance company submitted an incomplete application to state regulators, who then approved it without the necessary scrutiny.
The New Hampshire Film and Television Office is accepting submissions for this year's high school short film festival. Created in 2007, the New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 at New Hampshire public or private high schools; homeschooled students ages 14-18 are also eligible. To be considered, a film cannot be longer than seven minutes, including titles and credits. All submissions must be postmarked on or before March 31 or arrive at the Film and Television Office in Concord by 4 p.m. on that date.
Former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is starting a "health care listening tour" at one of the hospitals excluded from the provider network for health plans purchased through the Affordable Care Act.
Guinta, a Republican hoping to regain the seat he lost to Democrat Carol Shea-Porter in 2012, on Thursday is visiting Frisbie Memorial Hospital. The hospital is a vocal critic of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's new narrow provider network.
A bill that would add the option of choosing "none of the above'' on New Hampshire ballots seems like a quintessential proposal for the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state that prides itself on having discerning voters. But the measure's sponsors say it's probably doomed, with one acknowledging it would be humiliating for a candidate to be defeated by no one rather than an actual opponent. But Keene Rep. Charles Weed says real choice means giving voters the chance to withhold their consent and express dissatisfaction with all the candidates.
This past weekend Concord played host to the first major pond hockey tournament of the season. The 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship is in its fourth year. But it's said that the nation's first "organized" pond hockey game was played at St. Paul's School in Concord--back in 1883. NHPR's Amanda Loder stopped by the event at White Park, and sends us this audio postcard.
The University of New Hampshire is getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year: the Year of the Horse. The UNH Confucius Institute is holding two nights of performances starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday Jan. 29 and 30. Members of the Jilin National Orchestra, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Foremost Art Troupe, and the Central Music Conservatory of China are performing. Established in October 2010, the Confucius Institute is a nonprofit educational institution housed in UNH's College of Liberal Arts.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says New Hampshire has scored well overall in 10 areas of prevention, such as food safety and reporting infections, but it has room for improvement. A report rates the states on each of them with a green, yellow or red mark. The state got green ratings for food safety, preventing health care-associated infections, HIV testing laws and data reporting.
The New Hampshire House has passed a drug testing bill inspired by the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital.
The bill, approved 289 to 48 by the House on Wednesday, would require hospitals to set up policies to prevent misuse of drugs by employees to maintain their licenses. It would also require they test employees for drugs if there was a reasonable suspicion of drug use.
College students who entered the U.S. illegally could get in-state tuition at University of New Hampshire System schools if they met certain requirements.
The House votes Wednesday on a bill that would require the students to be a graduate of a high school in the state or to have gotten a New Hampshire high school equivalency certificate to be eligible for the in-state rate.
They would have to have had to attend a state high school for three years before graduating or receiving an equivalency certificate and have met all the other criteria for in-state rates.