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Surveys: NH health premiums up 90%; more people insured under Obamacare

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Granite State health insurance brokers surveyed by Morgan Stanley reported average premium increases of 90 percent, second only to Delaware, which reported 100 percent. Meanwhile, the Gallup polling...

Nurse wins 'David and Goliath' fight after being left uninsured

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A local woman is gaining national publicity for successfully challenging an error in the processing of her health insurance that left her uninsured through no fault of her own.

Hobby Lobby on South Willow Street in Manchester.

Supreme Court hears Hobby Lobby's birth control coverage challenge today

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Hobby Lobby, the Oklahoma-based arts-and-crafts chain with a location in Manchester, goes to the U.S. Supreme Court today to challenge the Obamacare mandate that employer health care coverage include...

State’s high risk insurance pool to close June 30

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Citing improvements in consumers’ ability to access the state’s health care exchange, Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny on Wednesday announced that he has ordered the New Hampshire...

$2 million federal grant targets New Hampshire health exchange

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The state Insurance Department got permission from lawmakers to accept a $2 million federal grant to help the department evaluate health insurance policies sold on the New Hampshire exchange at...

Obama allows health plan renewals for 2 more years

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The Obama administration said on Wednesday it would allow health insurers to extend plans that fail to comply with its signature health care law for an additional two years, giving some consumers the...

Health insurance help offered in three languages at Elliot facilities

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Free help in enrolling in health insurance is being offered at the Elliot Hospital and the Elliot at River's Edge by the Foundation for Healthy Communities.

Ayotte says medical device tax a crusher

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Friday that the Affordable Care Act's Medical Device Tax is hurting New Hampshire companies, including a local business that has seen a direct impact.

Aetna expects to lose money on Obamacare exchanges despite recent pickup in business

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Aetna Inc., the third-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday it expects to lose money on the Obamacare exchanges even as demand for these insurance plans has picked up over the past few weeks.

Feds to look at Obamacare networks after Shea-Porter request

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The change in HHS procedures comes after U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., accused it of rubber-stamping the "narrow network" created by Anthem to serve New Hampshire residents who sign up through...

Shea-Porter tells Obama 'some people' should resign over flawed ACA roll-out

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Republicans Wednesday quickly jumped on Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter's comment to President Obama Tuesday night and said that as a supporter of the Affordable Care Act, she should be the one to...

Congressional Budget Office says Obamacare will cost nation 2M jobs

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The health care law could reduce the labor force participation by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

Congressional Budget Office estimates Obamacare will cost nation 2.3M jobs

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Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Affordable Care Act will cause a larger than-expected reduction in working hours - eliminating the equivalent of about 2.3 million workers in 2021...

Youth participation low in ACA signups

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The new private health plans available under Obamacare drew in fewer young and healthy Americans than needed for the administration to make health care reform a market success in the first wave of...

Lawsuit targets Congress' health subsidy

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, filed a lawsuit Monday in an attempt to block the federal government from helping to pay for health care coverage for members of Congress and their...

Obama administration changes rules to allow an extra day to sign up for health care

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Without any public announcement, Obama administration officials have changed the rules so that people will have an extra day to sign up through the new federal health insurance exchange for health...

Obama defends new change in Affordable Care Act

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Under change, those who have their existing health plans canceled and have not bought replacement insurance can now claim a hardship exemption to buy a bare-bones policy or skip buying insurance next...

Insurers extend health-care coverage deadline

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The nation's health insurance industry volunteered on Wednesday to extend the deadline until Jan. 10 for Americans to pay for coverage beginning Jan. 1 under new federal and state insurance...

In Portsmouth, ACA primer fails to draw much interest

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A session with a health insurance navigator designed to show people through the Affordable Care Act drew seven people in Portsmouth Monday.

New Hampshire clients transitioning to Medicaid Managed Care

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State Health and Human Services officials said Tuesday the first few days on the new Medicaid Managed Care program have gone smoothly.

Business

Mike Cote's Business Editor's Notebook: Ayotte aims for common ground with Obamacare changes

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It was no surprise the first subject Sen. Kelly Ayotte addressed during her talk Friday to the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire is the one expected to be the deciding factor in the...

Consumers be wary: Low premiums may mean high out-of-pocket health costs

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If you buy one of the less expensive insurance plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, you may be in for a surprise: Some plans won't not pay for doctor visits before you meet your...

Rochester-area residents 'energized' in support of Frisbie Memorial

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After receiving many letters from residents concerned about losing their doctor, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte was compelled to visit one of the hospitals excluded under the state's Affordable Care Act...

Seacoast Obamacare forum focuses on business

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Two area Chambers of Commerce are hosting a forum to help small businesses learn more about the ongoing changes and upcoming challenges caused by Obamacare.

New Hampshire Business Newsreel

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Brief items of interest to New Hampshire's business community.

Pam Brennan, of Cary, N.C., center, discusses the different health care options for her family with Kennia Gaines, a personal reform adviser, right, at the BlueCross BlueShield of N.C. on Oct. 1.

For thousands, keeping health insurance policy isn't an option

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For thousands, keeping health insurance policy isn't an option

Official says Obamacare opposition may continue in GOP districts

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Congress will reach a short-term agreement to restart the government and raise the debt ceiling, but hope for a long-term solution rests with constituents in key Republican districts, who could tell...

Forum to focus on Obamacare

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The fifth annual New Hampshire Business Review Health Care Forum, presented by MVP Health Care, is scheduled for Oct. 1, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

UPDATED: Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Elliot Health join forces to offer insurance plan 10% below Harvard Pilgrim

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Two of the largest hospitals in New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Elliot Health Systems, have joined forces with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England to create ElevateHealth, a health...

Pelham business owner is a believer, but may not benefit from Obamacare

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When it comes to small business, Spinney Associates, graphic and printing consultants, is about as small as they come. Started by Cathy Spinney 31 years ago, the company at one time had three...

Tom Boucher, CEO and owner of Great NH Restaurants Inc., tells his fellow small business owners at a seminar on the Affordable Care Act, “We’ve got to pay attention to this. It’s right on our doorstep.” DAVE SOLOMON/UNION LEADER

Small business on Obamacare: ‘We need to know what the laws are’

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Some 300 representatives of small businesses, attorneys, health insurance providers and a host of others turned out for a seminar at Southern New Hampshire University Thursday on the impact of...

Health insurance: Small business owners seek answers but get few at Manchester forum

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Small business owners got a primer on the Affordable Care Act, as Manchester’s annual celebration of Small Business Week got under way with a workshop on health insurance Monday morning at The...

Big insurers wary of entering new Obamacare markets

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The nation's largest health insurers are far from leaping at the chance to join new state health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's reform law, making it likely that some markets will...

Daboul

State firm finds market helping doctors comply with new law

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Since 2009, Michaeline Daboul has been working to develop software that will help physicians and life science companies meet a new requirement included in one of the 27 acts under the national...