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What the LGC’s Reorganization Means To Communities (And Taxpayers)

The Local Government Center case is incredibly convoluted.  But it involves the majority of communities--and taxpayers--in the state

The on-going fight between the state of New Hampshire and one of the nation’s largest insurance risk pool managers is an important one, with millions of dollars of taxpayer money at stake. It’s also incredibly complicated. As the Local Government Center implements changes ordered by a hearing officer–even as it appeals the ruling to the [...]

Aug. 1 Brings More Preventive Care For Women

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On Wednesday the Affordable Care Act will require insurance companies to cover eight new preventive health services for women, with no copays. These provisions supplement a series of preventive care requirements already instituted when the ACA passed two years ago.  And while some states already require insurance plans to cover some preventive services, these requirements [...]

Who Can Agree? What The Affordable Care Act Means For Business In N.H.

As analysts parse the implications of the Supreme Court's ruling, businesses consider whether they'll be helped or harmed by the new health care law.

Nobody seems to agree on what the Affordable Care Act means for businesses, which is probably why business organizations like the state’s Business and Industry Association and Small Business Administration office haven’t commented publicly on the ruling. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance, or pay penalties.  [...]

Affordable Care Act: In The Eye Of The Beholder

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Tomorrow, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act will likely be handed down by the Supreme Court. There are two main pieces under consideration: the individual mandate, and Medicaid expansion. According to John Stephen, New Hampshire’s former Health and Human Services Commissioner, Medicaid expansion will cost the state an additional $1 billion over ten years. [...]

SCOTUS And The Affordable Care Act: An Overview

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The internet is abuzz with talk of the Affordable Care Act. Two Mondays in a row, eager newsmakers have been gearing up to pounce on a Supreme Court decision only to find it won’t be announced… just yet. With a complicated piece of legislation facing a confusing series of legal challenges, trying to understand the [...]

Baby Steps For Naturopathic Doctors In New Hampshire

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Although Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) undergo virtually the same training as medical doctors, their services have not been covered by insurance companies in the state of New Hampshire. Two and a half years ago, ND Bert Mathieson was frustrated by what struck him as “discrimination flat out.” He got a sponsor for a bill that would [...]

House Bill On Naturopathic Insurance Reimbursement: A Preview

na·tur·op·a·thy [ney-chuh-rop-uh-thee, nach-uh-] noun This week at the State House, Senate and House members agreed on a version of a bill that will require some insurance plans to cover visits to naturopathic doctors.  Before we get to the economic impacts of the bill, we wanted to know: what is it exactly that naturopathic Drs. do? In [...]

How State Budget Cuts Hit Nursing For Sick Kids

The Fouts are among the New Hampshire families struggling with cuts to Medicaid hours

Over the last year, dozens of families have lost state subsidized nursing support to care for their sick children.  Some parents say the reductions have made it hard to juggle work and keep their kids healthy. New Hampshire hired a private company, Schaller Anderson to manage these cases. Frustrated parents accuse the company of making [...]

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