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Economic Themes Dominate NH State Of The State Address

Today marked Governor John Lynch’s last State of the State address.¬† And, as one might expect during a slow trudge toward recovery, the bulk of Lynch focused either directly or indirectly on the economy.¬† Some of the key themes included issues that we’ve covered or put on the Watch List of our Ultimate Legislative Guide.¬† […]

State Budget Cuts Hurt Health, Higher Education And Essential Services The Most

A look back at this year’s major state budget cuts shows who took the hardest hits in New Hampshire. As the Nashua Telegraph¬†reports, with $1 billion slashed from the budget, more agencies than usual felt the effects. Republican legislators heralded the budget as a victory for smaller government, shaving more than $1 billion, or 11 […]

Six Surprising Takeaways From The 2012 NH Business Outlook Survey

Every year, New Hampshire’s Business and Industry Association commissions a survey of the state’s firms.¬† The idea is to get the pulse of how businesses think the next year will go.¬† Do they think economic conditions, hiring, revenues, and capital spending will increase, decrease, or remain the same over the next year? The answers to […]

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Starts The Week With 100 Fewer Employees

For most New Hampshire residents, last Friday was the end of a short, post-Columbus Day week.¬† But for 100 employees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, last Friday was their last day at work. Like most large hospitals in the state, DHMC says changes the legislature made this summer in how the state compensates providers for Medicaid […]

Feds Send Drug Czar to New Hampshire to Sell Drug Monitoring Program

New Hampshire is one of only two states in the country that does not have a prescription drug monitoring program. The other state without one is Missouri. But New Hampshire has another distinction– the second highest rate of prescription drug abuse among young people in the nation. The increase in abuse of prescription medications such […]

New Hampshire’s Small Employers Grapple with Higher Health Insurance Rates

By this time you might know that New Hampshire has some of the¬†highest health¬†insurance rates in the country. The state is among the 10 most expensive places in the US¬†to buy health insurance. At the same time we rank second in the nation,¬†right¬†behind Massachusetts,¬†for high numbers of private¬† employers who offer health coverage for their […]

New Hampshire’s “Silver Tsunami” : A Sea Change in Healthcare Costs

New Hampshire has a higher¬†percentage of baby boomers on average than most of the nation: 30 percent. “Relative to the rest of the country we have a larger proportion of that 45-65 age group.” says Steve Norton, Director of New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies. The Center¬†released a report today looking¬†at what will happen […]

More Hospital Layoffs Blamed On Budget Cuts

Yesterday, we posted the blog equivalent of a highlights reel for a New York Times article.¬† The newspaper’s piece examined how state and federal budget cuts are taking the steam out of the health care industry’s role as one of the country’s few job creators.¬† Eliot Health System in Manchester got a mention, as the […]

Health Care Job Boom Could Soon Slow

This week, New York Times reporters Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas took on a sticky issue–as the federal and state governments cut into health care funding their budgets can’t support, can the health care industry continue to generate much-needed jobs?¬† The answer, it seems, is no.

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