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The clock is now ticking toward a Nov. 21 deadline for the state Legislature to resolve differing proposals for the expansion of Medicaid.
A special two-week legislative session started Thursday to take up the recommendations of a special commission on extending government-subsidized health care benefits to an additional 49,000 poor Granite Staters.
The federal Affordable Care Act offers states the expansion option with an offer to pay 100 percent of costs over the first…
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Democratic and Republican political leaders continued to work behind the scenes Thursday on a possible compromise to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire as they publicly lauded different ways to get the job done.
Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan and legislative leaders have been trying to negotiate a compromise for weeks, but with nothing decided, the Republican-led Senate and Democratic-led House filed different expansion bills Thursday.…Continue
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The state Supreme Court has upheld the capital murder conviction of Michael Addison, but says it will need further review before ruling on his death sentence.
In a 243-page ruling released this afternoon, the justices unanimously affirmed Addison’s conviction for fatally shooting Manchester Police Officer Michael Briggs in 2006.
The justices said they found no reversible error with regard to Addison’s appeal of his conviction.…Continue
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Many New Hampshire residents who buy their own health insurance are finding cancelation notices in their mailbox. Anthem, the state’s largest carrier, says it’s dropping more than two-thirds of its individual plans because they don’t satisfy new regulations in the Affordable Care Act.
Linda Allen of Allen Associates in Manchester says her brokerage house has been flooded with calls about the discontinuation notice.…Continue
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By Rob Levey
Whenever a search and rescue operation takes place in New Hampshire, we celebrate as a society when lives are saved and collectively grieve when anyone is lost. However, the stark reality behind such missions is they cost a tremendous amount of money, and so the very real question is who foots the bill?
If current legislative efforts are any indication, hikers and climbers may soon be asked to “pitch in,” as NH Fish and Game Department officials…Continue
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Governor Hassan is tapping former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Joseph Nadeau to lead a review into mental health services in Manchester following two high-profile incidents.
In July, a 34-year old patient allegedly attacked two staff members at Elliot Hospital while awaiting transfer to the state psychiatric hospital in Concord.Continue
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Lawmakers will return Thursday for a special session that surely Gov. Maggie Hassan hopes culminates in a bipartisan vote to expand health care coverage for low-income adults.
But Hassan’s wish clearly relies upon whether she and House Speaker Terie Norelli, D-Portsmouth, can accept concessions to this Medicaid expansion plan that makes greater use of private health insurance.…Continue
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Issues related to health care -- on both a state and national level -- dominated the news this week as New Hampshire gets closer to a decision on Medicaid expansion and our Democratic lawmakers in Washington deal with the faulty roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.
The state Legislature will be gaveled into a special session starting Nov. 7 to take up the question of whether the state, as provided for by the Affordable Care Act, should expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 49,000…
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A panel charged with drafting regulations for a future casino is considering beefing up and expanding the Lottery Commission to serve as an umbrella for gambling in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority on Thursday discussed expanding the Lottery Commission from three to five members with the chair serving full-time. The new commission would oversee the lottery, a casino and charitable gambling.…Continue
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By Paul Briand
Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House so botched the politics of the government shutdown that it was almost a given the 2014 election would be a disaster for them.
Not so much anymore.
Enter the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - and the continuing problems people are having getting into the website to sign up and shop around for healthcare coverage options.
If Democrats had planned to run against Republicans on the…
Added by Paul Briand on October 31, 2013 at 11:09am — No Comments
The kinks are being ironed out as the $659,000 study to look at the possibility of bringing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail and layover station to Plaistow begins.
Representatives from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and HDR Engineering, the manufacturing firm conducting the study, appeared before selectmen on Monday to give an update.…Continue
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A new study says New Hampshire could save $22 million on health care for inmates over six years if the state expands Medicaid.
The study released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts also says the cost of health care for New Hampshire inmates more than tripled from $2,232 per inmate in 2001 to $9,055 in 2008, the fastest growth rate in the nation.Continue
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New Hampshire's Legislative Ethics Committee voted Monday to investigate a complaint that former Senate President Peter Bragdon used his public office for personal gain.
The committee voted to open an investigation into a complaint by state Rep. Rick Watrous, a Concord Democrat, that Bragdon violated the ethics rules by accepting a job with the quasi-public Local Government Center. Bragdon began his $180,000-a-year job at the center Aug. 14.…Continue
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New Hampshire's strong Second Amendment support helped push a "Stand Your Ground" law over a governor's veto, but a pair of bills limiting access to guns when mental health problems arise could test the state's entrenched belief in unfettered gun rights.
Read the full article from Seacoast Online and learn more from the…Continue
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A Hampton state representative whose father was murdered is once again taking up the effort to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty law.…Continue
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With a state Supreme Court ruling on the appeal of the state's only death row inmate expected soon, a coalition against the death penalty launched its campaign Thursday to end capital punishment next year.
Rep. Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat whose father was murdered in 1988, is once again leading legislative efforts against the death penalty.…Continue
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Despite a modified route for the Northern Pass Project Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she still has “serious reservations” about the plan and the lines along the entire route should be buried.
“I am still very concerned about the impact on the beauty on the North Country and many other areas of the state,” she told NHPR following a Town Hall meeting Wednesday in Whitefield.…Continue
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