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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter Tours GE Aviation and Shows Support For American Manufacturing

image001Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) spoke with plant leaders and employees as she toured GE Aviation in Hooksett on Friday, June 13. During the town hall, she answered questions about the situations in Iraq, Ukraine, China, and around the world, and she discussed the VA health care system and smart investments in New Hampshire’s workforce. Shea-Porter also voiced her continued support for funding EA-18G Growler aircraft. The engines for the Growler are partially produced in Hooksett.

“As a big supporter of American manufacturing and New Hampshire jobs, I enjoyed touring GE and seeing the important work done by the men and women there to support our nation’s defense and grow New Hampshire’s economy,” Shea-Porter said. “I particularly enjoyed the town hall with employees after the tour.”

In the113th Congress, Shea-Porter has made a point to tour manufacturing facilities in New Hampshire. She paid her way through college by working minimum wage jobs and on a factory floor, and she has long supported American manufacturing. As a founding member of the Make it in America Working Group, she has fought to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States and to New Hampshire. Shea-Porter helped initiate New Hampshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in Education (AMPEd), which was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and has successfully helped New Hampshire businesses and colleges partner to invest in our state’s manufacturing workforce.

 According to the New England Council, manufacturing is New Hampshire’s second-biggest industry.

In April, Congresswoman Shea-Porter sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Armed Services Committee urging them to support Growlers in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Governor Hassan and DHHS Announce Implementation Timeline for NH Health Protection Program

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Enrollment to Begin July 1, Coverage to Begin in August

CONCORD – Continuing efforts to strengthen the health and economic security of thousands of hard-working Granite Staters, Governor Hassan and Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas A. Toumpas today announced that New Hampshire residents can begin applying for New Hampshire Health Protection Insurance coverage on July 1 and that insurance coverage will begin on Aug. 15th.

“The bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program is a historic step forward for the health and economic well-being of New Hampshire families, businesses and communities,” Governor Maggie Hassan said. “Beginning on July 1, people can begin applying for this important protection, and on August 15th, they will have the comfort and security that comes with knowing that they have access to affordable health care.”

New Hampshire’s bipartisan health care expansion plan, signed into law by the Governor in March makes New Hampshire citizens who are between 19 and 65 years of age and have a household income of up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level eligible for new health care coverage.

Applications for the NHHPP may be submitted beginning on July 1, 2014, and coverage for the NHHPP will begin on August 15, 2014. Applications may be submitted online at www.nheasy.nh.gov, by calling the Medicaid Service Center at 1-888-901-4999, by visiting a DHHS district office, or through www.healthcare.gov.

Adults who are working and have access to cost-effective insurance through their employer will be covered through their employer-sponsored insurance, with the state paying the employee’s premiums and other costs of coverage in the Health Insurance Premium Program.   Those who do not have access to cost-effective employer insurance will be enrolled in managed care plans offered by Well Sense and New Hampshire Healthy Families in the Voluntary Bridge to Marketplace Program.  (Some individuals may also voluntarily choose to enroll in a qualified health plan on the federal marketplace in 2014 if that option is determined to be cost-effective).

“Implementing the New Hampshire Health Protection Program  is an extraordinary effort,” said Commissioner Toumpas.  “By improving access to health care for those who have been unable to afford it, we have the potential to help improve the health of thousands of people in our State.”

NH residents ages 19 to 65 who meet the following financial eligibility guidelines can apply for the NH Health Protection Program:  a household of one with a monthly income limit of $1,342; a household of two with a monthly income limit of $1,809; a household of three with a monthly income limit of $2,276; and a household of four with a monthly income limit of $2,743.

DHHS is holding a series of informational sessions around the state during June that will provide additional details about the program. These are informational sessions only, they are not intended to provide application services. All sessions will cover the same information, so people need to attend only once.

Registration is not required for these informational sessions, but is appreciated.  To register go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/nh-hpp.

Anyone in need of accommodations for communication access such as interpreters, CART,  assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services should make that request at least 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the informational session if you wish to attend to ensure availability.  To request these accommodations, call Alex McIntire at 603-224-5566 or amcintire@lkarno.com.

Informational Session Schedule

Laconia, Monday, June 16, Laconia Middle School, 150 McGrath St., 5:30-7 pm

Berlin, Tuesday, June 17, Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Rd., 5:30-7 pm

Claremont, Wednesday, June 18, River Valley Community College, 1 College Dr., 5:30-7 pm

Nashua, Thursday, June 19, Nashua High South, 36 Riverside Dr., 5:30-7 pm

Derry, Tuesday, June 24, Municipal Center, 14 Manning St., 5:30-7 pm

Littleton, Wednesday, June 25, Littleton High School, 159, Oak Hill Ave, 5:30-7 pm

Dover, Thursday, June 26, Dover Middle School, 16 Daley Dr., 5:30-7 pm 

Portsmouth, Tuesday, July 1, Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., 5:30-7 pm

#MoralMonday Goes National in North Carolina

Crowd Shot from Moral Monday on June 3rd 2013
(image by NC AFL-CIO)

Labor Movement Amplifies Last Protest of Legislative Session, Uses “Imminent Disturbance

Moral Mondays are getting a jolt of national energy today in North Carolina. The labor movement is spearheading one of the last Moral Mondays of the 2014 legislative session to focus on workers’ rights. Along with the Forward Together Moral Movement, demands for lawmakers to protect the rights of working men and women are being amplified nationwide.

“North Carolina has quickly become a shining example of a people-driven movement and a microcosm of what’s to come,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “When the labor movement and the entire community band together to stand up for what is right, everyone wins. The working people in Raleigh are inspiring action at state capitals around America.”

At its convention last year, the AFL-CIO made a groundbreaking commitment to build enduring labor-community partnerships. The goal of these partnerships has been to assemble a broad progressive coalition for social and economic justice.

“Moral Mondays are exactly the kind of new movement working people and their communities have been eager for,” said Trumka. “Only together can we build momentum and make real, positive change in lives of all workers in the community.”

Today’s protest comes on the heels of efforts by extremist conservatives to silence protestors for creating any “imminent disturbance.” This could include singing, clapping or speaking loudly. The AFL-CIO has been quick to point out that “the greatest moments in America’s history were born out of ‘imminent disturbance’” and are carrying that message today.

Rep Kuster Introduces Fix To Affordable Care Act’s “FAMILY GLITCH”

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Congresswoman Annie Kuster Introduces Bill to Fix ACA Glitch; Increase Access to Affordable Health Coverage for New Hampshire Families

Congresswoman Kuster’s bill will fix the ACA’s “family glitch” to help families in New Hampshire and across the country access premium tax credits to get the most affordable health care coverage.  Without this fix, up to 460,000 children nationwide could be left uncovered.

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Annie Kuster has introduced the Family Coverage Act, a bill to fix a glitch in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that prevents thousands of families from accessing affordable health coverage. The Family Coverage Act will help ensure that employees who do not have access to affordable job-based coverage for their families can receive premium tax credits to help pay for family coverage.

“I’ve always said the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, and that the ‘family glitch’ needs to be fixed. We need to improve affordable health care coverage for all Granite State families,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “That’s why I was proud to introduce the Family Coverage Act, which will help ensure that families in New Hampshire have access to premium tax credits, so they can afford high-quality health insurance. I urge the House to swiftly pass this legislation, which could increase coverage for more than 460,000 children. Furthermore, I will continue to work across the aisle to push fixes to the ACA, so that every Granite Stater can access the affordable coverage they were promised when this bill was signed into law.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, large employers are required to provide “affordable” health insurance to their employees. This insurance is considered unaffordable when the employee’s share of premiums for individual coverage is more than 9.5 percent of his or her annual household income. Employees who are not offered affordable coverage can then access tax credits through the new marketplaces to help buy coverage they can afford.  Unfortunately, because of the interpretation of the law, these credits do not apply for employees who also need coverage for their families. Many times, the only option for covering spouses, children, or dependents is expensive family coverage which often pushes the employee over the 9.5 percent contribution threshold. The result is that many Granite State families miss out on premium tax credits that would make their full family coverage affordable. Kuster’s bill would fix this family glitch, so these employees can receive the tax credits they need to provide full coverage for their families – at a reasonable cost.

Kuster’s bill is supported by a number of organizations in New Hampshire and across the country that work to increase health care access for Granite State families, including New Hampshire Medical Society, New Hampshire Hospital Association, Bi-State Primary Care, NH Voices for Health, NH Kids Count, Small Business Majority, American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project, Community Catalyst, Consumers Union, March of Dimes, National Health Law Program, National Immigration Law Center, First Focus Campaign for Children, and Children’s Hospital Association.

“It is evident that the ‘family glitch’ has created barriers for New Hampshire families who need affordable coverage, based on what we’ve heard from brokers, navigators and other assisters. NH Voices for Health welcomes a solution because all families deserve access to affordable coverage and because healthy families make for healthy communities in the Granite State,” said Lisa Kaplan Howe, policy director for NH Voices for Health.

Representative Kuster’s bill is cosponsored by Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Matthew Cartwright (PA), Joe Crowley (NY), Lloyd Doggett (TX), Raul Grijalva (AZ), Jim McDermott (WA), Patrick Murphy (FL), Beto O’Rourke (TX), Collin Peterson (MN), Chellie Pingree (ME), David Scott (GA), Carol Shea-Porter (NH), Krysten Sinema (AZ), Bill Enyart (IL), and Peter Welch (VT). Companion legislation to this bill has been introduced by Senator Al Franken (MN).

Since she took office, Congresswoman Annie Kuster has worked across the aisle to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act, and she shares her constituents’ concerns about many aspects of the law. She cosponsored the Small Business Tax Credit Accessibility Act, which will help small businesses provide their employees with health insurance by expanding affordability tax credits for small employers.

6-16-14 AFT-NH Legislative Update: The Session Comes To A Close, A Look Back At What We Have Done

AFT NH Legislative Update

AFT NH Legislative Update

We succeeded in defeating, once again, the so called “’right to work—for less” bill. Over the past two years hundreds of NH citizens voiced opposition to this bill with only a handful of people speaking in support. This attack on working people like you is led by out of state interests such as the National Right to Work Committee and ALEC.

We succeeded in defeating a bill that would have permitted audio and video recording of a public official while in the course of performing his or her official duties. All employees, both public and private, should have a reasonable understanding that when they are performing their jobs that they are not intimidated or harassed and should have a safe working environment.

We succeeded in passing a bill relative to the filing with a registry of deeds of a fraudulent document purporting to create a lien or claim against real property. As public employees just wanting to do our jobs we should not have to worry that someone unhappy with us could go the county’s Register of Deeds and file a million dollar false claim against your property.

We succeeded in defeating retirement legislation that would hurt public employees even more that the bad legislation passed by the Republicans in the 2010-2011 sessions. AFT-NH believes that:

  • Security in retirement is something every worker deserves after a long, successful career in public service. These workers, after dedicating their working life to educating children, enforcing the law, fighting fires and helping our communities run every day, have earned a benefit that must allow them to retire with dignity.
  • The benefit should ensure a predictable cost for the employers and employees, and it should create, and sustain, a high-quality workforce that is attractive to younger workers to invest a lifetime in public service, in turn adding value to the state’s economy.
  • In exchange for a lifetime of service, workers need to rely on defined and predictable retirement security that is protected against inflationary pressures. Their benefit should ensure sound investment options and strategies that will result in post-retirement stability, even against the economic concerns of today.
  • Public sector workers need to be able to look forward to long productive service. Retirement security should be defined through investments and contributions made over a long-term investment horizon.
  • Instead of encouraging the idea that working for the public sector is less valuable than working for the private sector, New Hampshire’s retirement system benefit for public workers should set a standard, and be something larger employers in New Hampshire should emulate.
  • Public service should be viewed as a respectful vocation; a commitment by workers of service and dedication to their home state. It is service that adds value to the quality of life for NH citizens and visitors. Public service is an investment in New Hampshire and retirement security creates a financial cornerstone of the NH economy.

We were not totally successful with the following but will be advocating for comparable bills to pass in the upcoming session.

AFT-NH supported bills that would have increased transparency within charter schools. We need laws and regulations requiring full transparency in how charter schools operate and making them directly and openly accountable to the public for student performance and their admissions and enrollment policies.  We need stronger policies mandating respect and support for teacher and staff voices in school policies and programs, identification of potential conflicts of interest via disclosure requirements, and the use of public funds by charter schools in the same rigorous manner required in our public schools.

AFT-NH supported a bill that would make sure we have the necessary resources, staff development and support in moving forward with Common Core and Smarter Balance. If these Standards are to succeed, we need to ensure that in each district the following are in place when implementing the Standards:

  • There needs to be planning time for understanding the Standards and time to put them into practice,
  • We need opportunities to observe colleagues implementing Standards in class.
  • We need to provide teachers with model lesson plans aligned to Standards.
  • We must ensure textbooks/other curricula materials align with Standards.
  • We must communicate with parents on the Standards and the expectations of students.
  • We need to develop best practices and strategies along with providing coaching to help teachers teach content more deeply.
  • We need to ensure all districts have the equipment and bandwidth to administer computer-based assessments.
  • We must make sure we have fully developed curricula aligned to Standards and available to teachers.
  • We must be work to align Assessments to Standards indicating mastery of concepts.
  • We must insist that professional development and training in the Standards be offered.
  • We need to develop tools to track individual student progress on key Standards.

To read AFT-NH full statement click here.

AFT-NH supported the passage of SB 322: relative to the renomination of teachers. It is time we move back to supporting our teachers in New Hampshire. Three years is long enough to deny teachers their due process when non-renewed. When decisions with such high stakes are being made, all staff should be given reasons why, and should be given time to improve through an improvement plan.

AFT-NH supported bills that would have increased School Building Aid from the state for local districts. Keep in mind that 50% of our school buildings are over 60 years old and many need infrastructure upgrades necessary for a 21st century learning environment. We also supported a bill that would lift the current cap of 72% on catastrophic special education funds and fully fund it.

We were not successful in passing our real pension reform bill, SB 364: relative to group II service retirement allowances and relative to establishing a supplemental savings plan in the retirement system. If nothing is done, New Hampshire will be in a situation where 30 years down the road, we are going to have public employees – at the end of a career – eligible to apply for food stamps, and other social services. This puts a strain on working families by forcing our public employees into social services. This is financially irresponsible for New Hampshire and undignified for our public employees.

If you have any questions or concerns please email me at lhainey@aft-nh.org.

Thank you!

In Solidarity,
Laura Hainey

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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, A True Fighter For NH Families (New Web Video Included)

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Screenshot YouTube Stand with Me CROPPEDAfter filing her candidacy to represent New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) launched a new web video, “Stand with Me.” The spot focuses on Shea-Porter’s New Hampshire roots, her promises kept to fight for jobs, education, and infrastructure, and her pledge to never take a dime from Corporate PACs or DC Lobbyists.

Over the last year and a half, the NH Labor News has been covering the actions of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  We have highlighted some of the ways she is protecting New Hampshire’s working families.  We have at times been critical of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter and all of Congress over their failure to pass some meaningful legislation that would move our country in the right direction.

Protecting Workers At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is a strong advocate for working families.  She has been adamant against the closing of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and reversing the effects of the draconian budget cuts of the “sequester.”

“I cannot stress this enough, Congress must pass a responsible budget that creates jobs and eliminates sequestration,” Shea-Porter said. “The men and women at the Shipyard are essential to our national defense and contribute $660 million to the region’s economy. Continuing the cuts of sequestration is unfair to these men and women, and it is a deeply misguided approach.”

The sequester forced workers throughout the federal government into furloughs, resulting in a loss of pay and a slow down of work.

“Our shipyard will not survive another 9 ½ years of sequestration,” said Paul O’Connor, President of the Shipyard Metal Trades Council. “Sequestration was never intended to be a sensible budget cutting device. It was a scheme of cuts so damaging that Congress would be forced to work together to avoid them. This is a bad law and it must end.”

Pay Equity

In Washington, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter used her position to push for pay equity for all working women.

“Working women are America’s mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives. We’re America’s factory and office workers, health care professionals and scientists, business executives and teachers,” said Shea-Porter. “Women are working everywhere, but women in America still make only 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.  Equal pay for equal work is a fairness issue and an economic issue.”

Standing up for Teachers

She submitted legislation to extend the REPAY Act, which gives teachers a $250 rebate for purchasing supplies for their classrooms.

“This deduction has been extended with bipartisan support for every year since 2002, but was allowed to expire at the end of 2013,” said Shea-Porter. “We owe it to our nation’s educators and our children to ensure that they have the necessary educational tools to succeed.”

Healthcare, Medicare, and Social Security

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has also been an outspoken advocate for providing affordable healthcare to everyone, and protecting our seniors from the Republican assault on Social Security and Medicare.

“Granite State seniors have earned their Medicare and Social Security benefits through a lifetime of hard work,” Shea-Porter said. “These programs are vital to the retirement security of millions of Americans, and we must protect them for future generations.”

After the news that 40,262 Granite Staters and more than 8 million Americans in total have enrolled in private health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act, Shea-Porter stated:

“I’ve heard from constituents, both Republicans and Democrats, about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them and their families. There are still challenges, but today’s news is confirmation that access to affordable healthcare has improved for New Hampshire families.”

“Everyone in New Hampshire deserves the consumer protections offered by the Affordable Care Act: it ends discrimination against those with preexisting conditions, allows children to stay on parents’ plans up to age 26, and ensures annual and lifetime out-of-pocket limits.” 

Leadership New Hampshire Can Count On

For many years Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has continued to show her strong leadership skills in and out of Washington.  As a member of Congress, she opposes corporate PAC money and pushes to get the money out of the political process.

Even though right-wing groups routinely attack her, she continues to submit bills to make the Affordable Care Act better. She pushed for Medicaid expansion and worked to expand the coverage of those who purchase healthcare from the ACA Marketplace.

“I (Carol Shea-Poter) advocated for Minuteman to enter the New Hampshire Marketplace to provide competition, and I am delighted that Minuteman will negotiate with any of our hospitals who want to participate on the new healthcare exchange.”

Continuing her efforts to make health insurance more affordable for small businesses, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) joined with two colleagues to introduce the Small Business Tax Credit Accessibility Act (H.R. 4128). This legislation would expand and simplify the Affordable Care Act’s Small Business Health Insurance Tax Credit to help more small employers purchase quality, affordable health-insurance policies.

Stick with someone we can trust in Washington.  Someone who has proven herself to be a true fighter for the middle class, and all working families.

“Granite Staters know they can trust Carol,” said Patrick Carroll, Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “Voters trust her because she fights for them every day. Carol Shea-Porter has fought to improve the lives of her neighbors in New Hampshire. Whether it’s more jobs, affordable education, access to health care, or protecting Social Security and Medicare, Carol Shea-Porter is the clear champion for New Hampshire families in 2014, and this video shows why.”

VIDEO — “Stand With Me”

#WeLoveCarol — Rep Shea-Porter Files For Reelection!

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Smiling Filing PhotoCONCORD, NH – Surrounded by family and a grassroots team sporting homemade #WeLoveCarol stickers, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter filed for reelection to represent New Hampshire’s First Congressional District on Friday morning.

I’m running for Congress because I want all New Hampshire families to have the same opportunities I had: to get good jobs, access health care, own a home, put away some money for retirement, and have a little left over for pizza on Friday night,Shea-Porter said. “For too many, the American dream is slipping away. We need more jobs, workers’ wages are flat, and our tax code favors the wealthiest. But I know America still holds the promise of opportunity for all, and I work for this every day in Congress. I invite all who share that vision to stand with me as we work to restore the American Dream.”

As the first woman ever elected to federal office from New Hampshire, Shea-Porter has a reputation as someone who Granite Staters can trust. She does not accept money from corporate PACs or DC lobbyists, and instead powers her campaign through a grassroots army of supporters.

During her three terms in Congress, Shea-Porter has secured funding for Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge, brought jobs and infrastructure to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, written and passed legislation to increase CSP Filing PhotoPell Grant funding for college students, helped pass health care reform, expanded services to veterans, and worked with the New Hampshire delegation to help bring the KC-46A tanker to Pease Air Force Base, which will create jobs in New Hampshire.

She has voted to prevent the NSA from spying on average Americans, and as a founding member of the Make it in America Working Group, she has worked to promote U.S. products and support high-wage jobs in New Hampshire. She helped create New Hampshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership in Education (AMPEd). Funded by the Recovery Act, AMPEd is allowing New Hampshire community colleges, in partnership with local businesses, to train a skilled manufacturing workforce.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers Want DOJ TO Investigate Kaiser Permanente For Excessive Wait Times

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NUHW calls on Justice Department to investigate Kaiser Permanente’s long wait times, paper wait lists, and falsified appointment records

Delays in care continue despite $4 million fine by state regulatory agency

Lawsuits demonstrate link between suicides, lengthy delays for patients seeking mental health care treatment

Kaiser Permanente (Ted Eytan Flikr)EMERYVILLE, CALIF. — The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice launch a criminal investigation into Kaiser Permanente’s delayed care and falsification of appointment records, affecting thousands of mental health patients. Kaiser’s practices mirror almost precisely the practices at V.A. clinics throughout the country: patients forced to endure lengthy wait times for appointments; falsified records that conceal these wait times; and bonuses that incentivize managers to maintain low staffing levels.

One key difference between the V.A. scandal and the mental health care crisis at Kaiser is that lawsuits have demonstrated links between patient deaths and delays in care.

Kaiser, with 9.3 million members, is the nation’s largest nonprofit HMO and has been touted by President Obama as a model for quality and efficiency in health care. Yet Kaiser’s record on mental health services shows that private-sector health care is just as rife with scandal as the public-sector V.A. In 2013, California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) affirmed claims by whistleblowers and levied a $4 million fine — the second largest fine in the agency’s history — against Kaiser for violating state healthcare laws. According to the DMHC’s director, the agency’s actions were “a result of the seriousness of the deficiencies and the failure of Kaiser to promptly correct them.” The HMO also has been hit with two class-action lawsuits for violating patients’ rights and denying them access to mental health care, which allegedly contributed to the suicides of some Kaiser members.

Despite the DMHC fine, Kaiser patients and clinicians report that Kaiser continues to force patients to wait weeks and sometimes months to receive basic care. In 2013, two class-action action lawsuits were filed against Kaiser alleging that patients seeking mental health care treatment committed suicide while waiting for care. In a separate action in 2013, Kaiser agreed to pay $9 million to the families of children with autism spectrum disorders after Kaiser illegally denied them access to appropriate therapy.

In addition, NUHW has filed a lawsuit against Covered California, which violated its own rules when it allowed Kaiser to participate in the state health exchange despite Kaiser’s serious violations. Under the Affordable Care Act, Kaiser has added nearly a quarter million new members to its rolls, exacerbating its failures to provide timely and appropriate mental health care.

Kaiser’s own mental health clinicians — psychologists, therapists, and psychiatric social workers — first blew the whistle on these unconscionable practices in 2011 and documented Kaiser’s practices in a comprehensive report, “Care Delayed, Care Denied.” After a 15-month investigation, the DMHC affirmed the clinicians’ findings and cited Kaiser for multiple violations of California law, including the following:• Kaiser committed “systemic access deficiencies” by failing to provide its members with timely access to mental health services. Instead, thousands of Kaiser’s patients were required to endure lengthy waits for appointments in violation of California’s “timely access” regulations.

• Kaiser’s internal record-keeping system contained numerous problems — including a parallel set of paper appointment records that differed from the HMO’s electronic records — that hid patients’ lengthy wait times from government inspectors.

• Kaiser failed to adequately monitor and correct its violations of state law. Records show that Kaiser was aware of its violations, but failed to take action to correct the problems.

• Kaiser provided “inaccurate educational materials” to its members that had the effect of dissuading them from pursuing medically necessary care and violated state and federal mental health parity laws.

While Kaiser Peramanente is systematically understaffing its mental health services and denying appropriate care to its paying members, the HMO is enjoying record profits — more than $2 billion a year for the past five years, $12.5 billion since 2009, and $1.1 billion in the first quarter of 2014 alone. And Kaiser lavishes huge compensation packages on its top executives: the CEO’s salary is $11.4 million and 22 executives make more than $1 million and have nine retirement plans each.

For more information, see NUHW.org/caredenied.

Executive Councilor Chris Pappas Files For Reelection


Small Business Owner Makes Executive Council Run Official

Concord, NH – Manchester small business owner Chris Pappas filed to run for reelection to the Executive Council in District 4 today, reinforcing his commitment to putting the people’s business first.

“Serving on the Executive Council has been a privilege and an honor,” said Pappas. “Over the past two years, I’ve been particularly proud to bring balance back to the Executive Council and work with Governor Hassan to move New Hampshire forward.

“I remain committed to investing in our state’s infrastructure, ensuring access to quality healthcare, and most importantly being available and accessible to the people of District 4,” continued Pappas.
“This will be a grassroots driven campaign that will take me to every town in District 4 over the next five months. As always, I look forward to meeting with as many voters as possible and hearing their thoughts and concerns,” concluded Pappas.

Chris Pappas is the Executive Councilor for New Hampshire Executive Council in District 4.

District 4 is made up of Allenstown, Auburn, Barrington, Bedford, Bow, Candia, Chichester, Deerfield, Epsom, Goffstown, Hooksett, Lee, Londonderry, Loudon, Northwood, Nottingham, Pembroke, and Pittsfield, and the city of Manchester.

Chris is co-owner of the Puritan Backroom restaurant in Manchester, a business that has been in his family since 1917. He is also a former two-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and a former two-term Hillsborough County

Govern Hassan Files For Reelection

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Gov Hassan Files

Joined by Dozens of Supporters, Governor Hassan Officially Files Her
Candidacy for Re-Election

CONCORD—Joined by dozens of supporters, Governor Maggie Hassan today officially filed for re-election, promising to continue working to build on our economic progress by solving problems the New Hampshire way – working across party lines to keep our state moving forward.

“New Hampshire is moving in the right direction because we have shown time and again that we can work across the aisle to solve problems. Unlike in Washington, we listened to the people of New Hampshire and brought together Independents, Republicans and Democrats, and made bipartisan progress on our key priorities of expanding opportunity Gov Files Hallfor middle class families, helping innovative businesses create jobs, and keeping our economy moving forward, without an income or sales tax,” Governor Hassan said.

“As we officially start the campaign season, I look forward to listening to people in every corner of the Granite State about their priorities for how we can continue working together to build a stronger middle class and a brighter economic future for New Hampshire,” added Governor Hassan.

In the Governor’s first term, she worked across party lines to pass the most bipartisan budget in over a decade – without a sales or income tax.

The Governor froze in-state tuition to make higher education more affordable, doubled and made permanent the R&D tax credit and signed into law bipartisan measures toGov Files 3 expand health coverage to 50,000 working Granite Staters and finish the expansion of I-93.

She has also worked across the aisle to solve long-standing challenges that endangered New Hampshire’s communities and fiscal future, including passing bipartisan solutions that resolved litigation on the state’s Medicaid Enhancement Tax, mental health system, and women’s correctional facilities.

And the Governor is working to support business growth with her Innovate New Hampshire jobs plan to attract new cutting-edge businesses, help our existing businesses succeed and allow our workers to develop the skills they need to compete in the 21st century economy.

Governor Hassan will continue working across party lines to support job-creation at innovative businesses, expand opportunity for middle class families, and keep New Hampshire’s economy moving forward.