New Hampshire has some of the highest health insurance rates in the country. The state’s insurance department held its first hearing ever on some of the causes.
The average policy holder saw a 14 percent rise in premiums this past year. A cavalcade of health care providers, employers and insurance companies offered their views. Lisa Guertin, president of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, said one factor is new treatments.
Proposal to allow two NH casinos clears ways and means committee by 14-7 margin. NHPR's Josh Rogers reports.
The 14-7 vote by the house ways and means committee runs counter to years of anti-gambling votes in the house. And it comes in the wake Massachusetts' passing bills that call for three resort casinos and one slot machine parlor. House Majority leader DJ Bettencourt of Salem hopes votes on Beacon Hill have changed the changes the equation on gambling for many house members.
Around the country soup kitchens and food pantries are reporting a spike in demand. Here in New Hampshire, food bank officials say they can’t keep up with requests for help. The state’s food assistance safety net is showing signs of serious strain.
Things started to change for Christopher Persall sometime this summer.
“It goes from you being able to eat meats, fruits and vegetables and dessert to now there are days where there are some vegetables and some breads.”
More than 3,000 people on Medicaid in the Lakes Region will have to switch from their regular doctors by next month. They are being reassigned to other area clinics.
Primary care doctors that are part of LRGH Healthcare will no longer treat Medicaid patients. LRGH President, Tom Clairmont, says the joint federal-state program for the poor and disabled, covers less than half the cost of providing care. Clairmont says that formula undermines the hospital’s ability to provide the most essential care.
The Hotel Wentworth by the Sea owes dozens of its former employees nearly $72 thousand dollars in back wages. The hotel and its sub-contractor failed to pay kitchen and housekeeping staff for over a month.
The U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that Wentworth by the Sea and its subcontractor Eco-Clean New England failed to pay some workers for a 4-7 week period.
The hotel also didn’t pay overtime to workers, who primarily are non-native English speakers and live in the Boston area.
Judiciary committee votes 11-6 to replace same-sex marriage with civil unions for any unmarried adults – even relatives. NHPR's Josh Rogers reports
By an 11 to 6 margin the house judiciary committee voted to undo the state’s 15-month-old gay marriage law and replace it with civil union for any unmarried adults – even relatives. The bill’s lead sponsor, Republican David Bates of Windham, says he expects the full House to endorse the proposal as drafted.