New Hampshire's Virtual Town Hall
By Edwinda Derry
I tried to sign up for health care online but was told I did not qualify. I make 15.27 per hr and work randomly 30-32 hrs a week . My company offers health care but I felt it was inadequate .Then I was redirected to other healthcare offers. I currently have aetna but the deductible is too high . The are alot of pop ups that make the site confusing. I know other people who have tried and was told they did not qualify. So they still dont have health insurance.…
Added by edwina derry on March 28, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments
New Hampshire officially expanded its Medicaid program Thursday to cover about 50,000 poor adults eligible for federal subsidies under the health care overhaul law.
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill that will inject hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds into the state's economy. New Hampshire had been one of six states that had not decided whether to expand Medicaid under the federal law.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 27, 2014 at 10:20pm — No Comments
By Alice Wilcox
I heard that there is a vote to overturn the rule that says corporations are people. They are NOT. I'm a person! I'm an individual and I'm upset that big money has any "say" in my life. Please help me and many others by voting to overturn that ruling. I'm a registered voter and I ask you sincerely to help. Thank you.
With a veto threat and likely death in the Senate, the House reversed itself Wednesday and voted 192-140 to kill a bill to legalize small amounts of marijuana for recreational use for people age 21 and older, and to tax it.
House Bill 492 was modeled after Colorado and Washington laws that were approved by referendum.
Read the full article from the Union Leader and learn more from…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 26, 2014 at 9:26pm — No Comments
New Hampshire's House voted Wednesday to expand Medicaid programs to cover an estimated 50,000 poor adults eligible for federal subsidies under the federal health care overhaul law.
The House voted 202-132 to send a bipartisan Senate plan to the governor that uses federal Medicaid funds to buy private health coverage for adults making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit, about $15,856 a year for a single adult.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 25, 2014 at 9:02pm — No Comments
New Hampshire will have a new option on the state health insurance market next year. The state Insurance Department announced yesterday it approved a license for Minuteman Health, a Massachusetts-based insurance cooperative, to sell coverage in the state for next year.
Read the full article from the Concord Monitor and learn more from the …Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 24, 2014 at 9:41pm — No Comments
New Hampshire could soon join the states that have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover a group of poor adults eligible for federal subsidies under the health care overhaul law.
The House votes Tuesday on a bipartisan Senate plan to use federal Medicaid funds to buy private health coverage for an estimated 50,000 adults for the next two-and-a-half years.Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 23, 2014 at 10:07pm — No Comments
By Ananta Gopalan
New Hampshire is considering through HB 1503 stiffer penalties for the death of fetus as taking life away when the mother is harmed. That means that the state agrees that a fetus is a human life. It is about time that the state recognizes existence of a human life growing in a mother's womb. That is about as natural as the sun rises in the East.
However, in abortion, that same fetus is considered just a conglomeration of cells and tissues and not…Continue
Added by Ananta Gopalan on March 23, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Democrat Jeanne Shaheen took the offensive this week in her effort to retain her seat in the U.S. Senate against a likely campaign from Republican Scott Brown.
Shaheen badgered Brown on the issue of the so-called People’s Pledge to keep political action committee money out of their 2014 mid-term campaign that could help decide the balance of political power in the U.S. Senate.
While there are already three GOP candidates in the race (former state Sen. Jim Ruben, former U.S.…
Added by LFDA's Week in Review on March 22, 2014 at 7:54am — No Comments
By Paul Briand
A new study by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies puts numbers and statistical analysis to the growing problem of young, educated Granite Staters leaving the state.
This brain drain is one reason why the average age of New Hampshire keeps getting older and older. It also raises concerns about the state’s ability to provide not only the workforce to fill 21st century jobs but attract the young people necessary to raise families…
Added by Paul Briand on March 21, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments
The New Hampshire House amended a controversial bill Thursday turning what would have been a fetal homicide law into a bill increasing prison sentences when an unborn child dies in the killing of its mother.
HB 1503, known as Griffin's Law, sailed through by a nearly 200 vote margin, but the original bill's sponsors said changes made to the bill gutted its original intent.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 20, 2014 at 10:18pm — No Comments
New Hampshire's House has voted to treat 17-year-olds accused of crimes as juveniles instead of as adults.
The House voted 256-40 Wednesday to approve the change and send the bill to the Senate.
Added by LFDA Editor on March 19, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
By Ananta Gopalan
This week in March is designated as the sunshine week which highlights the first amendment rights of the citizens in petitioning the government established by their consent. Right to know (Freedom of Information Act)is a corner stone legislation that enables transparency and accountability in governmental affairs. Every citizen has the right to have access to the records of governmental bodies at every level as they conduct "people's" business and spend tax…
Added by Ananta Gopalan on March 19, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
By Paul Briand
To pledge or not to pledge?
That’s not a new question when it comes to New Hampshire politics. Pushed primarily by Republicans, the pledge to keep New Hampshire sales and income tax free has been a staple in statewide politics for years.…
Added by Paul Briand on March 19, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
The New Hampshire Employment Security office says the state's unemployment rate for February was 4.7 percent, down from 4.9 percent in January.
In February 2013, the seasonally adjusted rate for New Hampshire was 5.4 percent.
Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 6.7 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from January, and a decrease of 1 percentage point from the February 2013 rate.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 18, 2014 at 8:50pm — No Comments
By Rob Levey
While New Hampshire is one of 46 states that have adopted Common Core standards in schools with testing to begin the spring of 2015, legislation has already been proposed that would stop the implementation of this program. Common Core is an initiative that establishes minimum expectations for what students should know by the end of each grade, supporters of the Common Core argue that such standards will help children succeed in a global…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 18, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
By Marc Brown
Senate Bill 245 (link), which is sponsored by Senator Jeanie Forrester, will completely overhaul New Hampshire's Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), which oversees the siting of energy and transmission projects. Currently, the SEC is comprised of fifteen members from eight state agencies--all of which possess expertise in areas that are important for energy siting. The…
Added by Marc Brown on March 18, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster has joined attorneys general from 27 other states and U.S. territories urging U.S. pharmacy chains to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The letter, sent last weekend, follows the decision by CVS Caremark to stop selling tobacco in its stores as of this summer.
The letter asks Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger are being asked to follow suit.…Continue
Added by LFDA Editor on March 17, 2014 at 9:46pm — No Comments
New Hampshire's House is voting soon on whether to treat 17-year-olds accused of crimes as juveniles instead of as adults.
The House is scheduled to vote this week whether to approve the change and send the bill to the Senate.
Added by LFDA Editor on March 16, 2014 at 9:21pm — No Comments
The prospect of a casino in New Hampshire, while dealt a serious blow this week, is not a dead issue just yet for this session of the Legislature.
The House on Wednesday noted 173-144 against HB 1633, which would have authorized a single casino with up to 150 table games and 5,000 slot machines. In addition, it voted 187-102 to kill a bill - …
Added by LFDA's Week in Review on March 15, 2014 at 7:54am — No Comments