Articles by Holly Ramer

New Hampshire Investigating Ventilation in Nursing Homes After Virus Outbreaks

New Hampshire health and fire safety officials will spend the next two weeks investigating whether ventilation systems have contributed to coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes, Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday. More than 30 long-term care facilities have experienced outbreaks, and …

New Hampshire Senate Passes Bill to Boost Workplace Safety

The 2016 death of a Northfield Highway Department worker has led to the passage of bill aimed at improving workplace safety for New Hampshire’s public sector employees. The bill, which passed the House last month and won unanimous support Thursday …

Report Assesses Addiction Treatment Insurance in New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s three biggest health insurers are largely in compliance in covering treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, and are committed to making changes when needed, state regulators said Thursday. The Department of Insurance began reviewing Anthem, Cigna and Harvard …

Massachusetts, New Hampshire Nonprofit Insurer Sues Over Federal Assessment

A nonprofit health insurer with 25,000 customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire has filed a federal lawsuit claiming it is being illegally punished for offering lower-cost products. Under the Affordable Care Act’s risk adjustment program, insurers with healthier customers make …

New Hampshire’s Opioid Crisis Adds Urgency to Drug Prevention Education

As New Hampshire considers mandatory drug prevention education in all grades, the state’s opioid crisis has heightened the sense of urgency for existing programs that largely target teens. A proposal to require at least two hours of age-appropriate drug and …

N.H. Insurance Department Revamps Health Care Cost Comparison Site

New Hampshire consumers can now compare prices on dental care and prescription drugs in addition to medical procedures through a state government website designed to help them save money on health care costs. The New Hampshire Insurance Department has added …

Feds Want Circus Operator Fined for Fatal Tent Collapse in N.H.

Federal safety officials have proposed more than $33,000 in fines against a Florida-based circus operator for a tent collapse that killed two people and injured dozens in New Hampshire. Robert Young, 41, and his 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, died Aug. 3 …

N.H. Group Gets Update on Substance Abuse Treatment Coverage

An initial review of whether health insurance companies are appropriately covering substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire shows significant differences in how often claims are denied, but experts identified problems with only a handful of cases. The probe comes as …

N.H. Insurance Department Hearing Examines Health Care Costs Trends

Health insurance premiums in New Hampshire increased relatively little for small and large businesses in 2014, while rates in the individual market went up significantly more, according to state-hired consultants. New Hampshire state law requires the Insurance Department to hold …

N.H. Seeks to Update Insurance Rules for Health Care Provider Networks

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is moving forward with changing its rules for health care provider networks, but some insurance companies aren’t yet sold on a key part of the proposed approach. Department officials say the rules are ripe for …