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NH Company Helps Bring Power To Puerto Rico

ReVision Energy Partners with Amicus Solar Cooperative and Amurtel to Bring Solar Outreach Systems to Puerto Rico

BRENTWOOD, NH: Local solar installer ReVision Energy is partnering with Amicus Solar Cooperative, a nationwide purchasing cooperative of solar energy companies, and Amurtel, a non-profit working in disaster relief, to build Solar Outreach Systems (SOS) to bring dozens of desperately needed portable solar energy systems to power storm-ravaged areas in Puerto Rico.

Millions of Americans living in Puerto Rico (Boriqueñas) remain without power due to Hurricane Maria, many still without passable roads, access to clean drinking water, in need of basic supplies, and unable to receive the medical care they would otherwise have with functional electricity.

“We have already secured the solar panels that will enable us to build up to 100 portable emergency power units that will power communications systems, computers, laptops, cell phones and lighting for the hardest hit areas,” said Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy and the company’s volunteer coordinator with Amicus and Amurtel. ReVision Energy is a founding member of Amicus Solar. ReVision Energy’s N. Andover, MA warehouse will be used as a staging area to begin construction on the first portable solar power units.

Located close to the equator where there is a powerful solar resource, Puerto Rico is an ideal geography for harnessing solar energy, but with so few solar energy systems in place right now, not many businesses or homes are able to take advantage of this abundant renewable energy. Having to depend on what’s left of the island’s power grid means that many Puerto Rican communities could be without power for up to a year. The Solar Outreach Systems, which are portable community-based communication and emergency power hubs, will immediately assist on-the-ground relief efforts.

The SOS units will be deployed by the Aireko Foundation, an offshoot of Aireko Energy Solutions, which is a Puerto Rico-based member of Amicus.  These units will be loaned to the communities for the duration of their need and then be redeployed to other disaster areas as needs and events dictate.  “The aftermath of Hurricane Maria has been as difficult and often even harder than the path of the storm itself, especially for those communities in the interior of the island.  After more than a month, reestablishment of electric power for those communities is still unknown, and the quality of water is not the best – for those communities that are lucky enough to have this service, which are very few.  Sadly, those communities are far from returning to their normal lives,” said Hector Rivera Russe of Aireko Energy Solutions. “I’m deeply touched by how my Amicus partners, alongside Amurtel, have jumped without hesitation, to putting their time, resources and effort to give relief to my people in Puerto Rico.  I will always be thankful to them.”

This Amicus-Amurtel SOS partnership is actively fundraising for the Power on Puerto Rico project to design, build, and deploy 10 initial portable, off grid solar systems for remote community centers where the public can charge cell phones, rechargeable lights, radios, and other low load, high value items that will offer immediate relief to disaster victims. A goal of 100 units will be deployed through this effort. Tax deductible donations of materials, services and cash contributions are being coordinated through http://www.amurtel.org/get-involved/donate/

AMURTEL is an international volunteer organization founded in 1975 that works to help improve the quality of life for people experiencing chronic poverty or acute stress from environmental, financial, or political distress. We encourage and enable individuals and communities to harness their own resources for securing the basic necessities of life and for gaining greater economic sustainability and social and spiritual fulfillment. It is the goal of Amurtel to assist communities in their recovery and development while honoring their customs, language, and religious beliefs. www.amurtel.org

Founded in 2011, AMICUS SOLAR COOPERATIVE, is the first purchasing cooperative in the U.S. solar industry. As a member-owned company, we share best practices with each other and pool our purchasing power to obtain lower pricing on both products and services allowing us to deliver better value to our customers. AMICUS is made up of 43 member-owners, each operating under their own brand with over 60 office/service locations in 29 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Amicus is equally owned and democratically governed by its membership of independent solar photovoltaic (PV) installation companies. More information can be found at www.amicussolar.com.

For more information contact: Phil Coupe, phil@revisionenergy.com or 207-232-6595. Please visit our webpage and Facebook page for updates as the project progresses.

REVISION ENERGY is certified B-Corp and employee-owned company that specializes in the design, installation and service of solar energy systems, battery storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, heat pumps and LED lighting. Our mission is to transition northern New England from a fossil fuel based economy to a sustainable, renewable energy based economy. In 2017 ReVision Energy was named the #1 Rooftop Solar Installer in New England by Solar Power Industry Magazine based on the company’s reputation for exceptional customer service and unrivaled technical competence gained through the course of more than 7,000 clean energy systems placed in service since 2003.

NH Insurance Department Issues Guidance to Consumers on Finding Help with Insurance Enrollment

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Insurance Department encourages consumers who need to select a health insurance plan during the open enrollment period to seek the help of an insurance agent or broker or a Federal Navigator, if needed. Residents can receive assistance from these types of in-person assisters at no additional cost during the open enrollment period. Open enrollment began November 1 and ends December 15, 2017.

Insurance agents and brokers can assist consumers with enrolling in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov, through an agent or broker, or directly from an insurer. Agents and brokers can recommend specific plans to their clients based on their health care needs and budget, and appointments are free during open enrollment. The Insurance Department encourages consumers who do not receive premium assistance on HealthCare.gov to seek help from an agent or broker to identify all plan options. The Insurance Department website features a federally-created list of agents and brokers who are certified to sell plans on HealthCare.gov, although many also sell plans outside of HealthCare.gov. Consumers may also visit the Find Local Help tool on HealthCare.gov to find a local agent or broker.

Navigators are funded and trained by the federal government to provide free help to consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. They are required to be unbiased, meaning they cannot recommend a specific plan. Certified Application Counselors are certified by the federal government and are based at nonprofit organizations and hospitals. NH residents can find a Navigator using the Find Local Help tool on HealthCare.gov.

Even if consumers like their 2017 plan, they should still shop and compare options for 2018, and they can do this with in-person help. The options available are changing for 2018, meaning some 2017 plans may not be available. All Minuteman Health plans will terminate on December 31, 2017. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will not offer its New Hampshire Network plans on HealthCare.gov for 2018, but it will offer its ElevateHealth Network. If NH residents have the Harvard Pilgrim New Hampshire Network, they will need to review their provider needs and select a plan accordingly. Network and prescription drug formulary information for 2018 plans sold on HealthCare.gov can be found here.

Plans may also change their in-network providers and prescription drug coverage from year to year. If consumers don’t take any action, HealthCare.gov will automatically enroll them in a plan that is considered “similar” to their current plan; but that plan may not have a similar premium, and their doctors and prescription drugs may not be in network.

NH residents with 2017 coverage received a renewal letter from their insurance company – but the letter’s estimate of what they may pay in monthly premium might be not accurate if they receive a subsidy. This is because precise subsidy information was not available at the time the letters were prepared. If a consumer qualifies for subsidies on HealthCare.gov, the Insurance Department encourages those individuals to use the plan preview tool to get an estimate of their subsidy and premium amounts for 2018.

The NH Insurance Department Can Help:

More information for New Hampshire residents about open enrollment may be found on the Insurance Department’s website. If you have questions about or issues with using the Marketplace and obtaining coverage, please call the federal government at (800) 318-2596. Once you have coverage, please contact the Insurance Department with questions or concerns at 1-800-852-3416 or (603) 271-2261, or by email at consumerservices@ins.nh.gov.

One NH Company Make HRC’s Most LBGTQ-Inclusive Workplaces

HRC Scores New Hampshire Company’s LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace Policies in New Corporate Equality Index

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced a record number of the nation’s major companies and law firms are advancing vital policies and practices to protect LGBTQ workers around the world, according to the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual report assessing LGBTQ inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. in New Hampshire.

This year, a record-breaking 609 businesses earned the CEI’s top score of 100, up from 517 last year — a single-year increase of 18 percent. This record sets a new high water mark for corporate leadership over the 15-year history of the CEI.

In total, 947 companies and law firms were officially rated in the new CEI, up from 887 in last year’s. The report also unofficially rated 137 Fortune 500 companies, which have yet to respond to an invitation to participate in the CEI survey assessing their LGBTQ policies and practices. C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. headquartered in Keene scored a 30 out of 100.

“At a time when the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top American companies are driving progress toward equality in the workplace,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their operations around the globe and impacting millions of people beyond our shores. In addition, many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the 106 corporate supporters of the Equality Act. We are proud to have developed so many strong partnerships with corporate allies who see LGBTQ equality as a crucial issue for our country and for their businesses.”

Key national findings revealed in the 2018 CEI:

  • 609 companies earned a perfect 100 points, up from 517 in the 2017 report;
  • Gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 83 percent of Fortune 500 companies, up from just 3 percent in 2002;
  •  459 major employers have adopted supportive inclusion guidelines for transgender workers who are transitioning;
  • 137 Fortune 500 companies were given unofficial scores based on publicly available information.

The CEI rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories:

  • Non-discrimination policies
  • Employment benefits
  • Demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion
  • Public commitment to LGBTQ equality
  • Responsible citizenship

The full report, including a searchable employer database is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

 

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

NH Executive Council Votes to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood Health Centers in New Hampshire

Bipartisan Support to Protect Essential Health Care Services
and promote Healthy Communities

Concord, NH — In a 3-2 vote today, the New Hampshire Executive Council voted to fund a contract that will allow Planned Parenthood health centers in New Hampshire to continue to provide services like  access to birth control, STI testing and treatment, well-woman exams, and cancer screenings.

Ten family planning contracts were on the agenda today, including the one for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in an amount of  $274,000 per year for a two year period (FY 2018-2019) effective retroactively beginning July 1, 2017. With 66 percent of New Hampshire patients earning incomes at or below the 150% Federal Poverty Level (or $17,820/annually) PPNNE is a critical component of the state’s health care safety net and thanks in large part to the work of PPNNE, unintended pregnancy and abortion rates have declined significantly in New Hampshire – saving the state millions in taxpayer dollars.

Statement from Jennifer Frizzell, Vice President of Policy

“We are pleased with today’s bipartisan support from Governor Sununu and a majority of the Executive Councilors ensuring that thousands of New Hampshire women, men and young people can continue to access affordable preventative health care, including contraception, well-woman exams, and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers across the state. Access to family planning services is critical for healthy families and healthy communities and Planned Parenthood has been a partner with the State of New Hampshire for nearly 50 years.”

Councilors Russell Prescott (R – Kingston), Chris Pappas (D-Manchester), and Andru Volinksy (D-Concord) voted today to preserve access for the nearly 11,000 patients who rely on the care provided at Planned Parenthood’s five health centers in New Hampshire.

Outside political groups opposed to abortion and some forms of birth control had targeted the Councilors with a campaign urging that they reject contracts with any organizations that offers abortion, even though those services are privately funded.

Polls consistently show strong support for Planned Parenthood and extraordinarily strong opposition to blocking patients from care. New Hampshire has one of the lowest unintended pregnancies and teen pregnancy rates in the country.

Lawyers’ Committee Opens Up Voter Protection Hotline

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law & Election Protection Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) To Take Calls LIVE During Election Day

Voters In 25 States Will Go To The Polls On November 7th To Cast Ballots In Local, Statewide Elections 

Washington, D.C.Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will provide live assistance for voters across the country on Election Day this year.

On Tuesday, November 7th, Election Protection volunteers will be available to assist voters with issues, problems, or questions that arise in the voting process.  Voters may call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) toll-free from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST with any questions or issues that may arise. Spanish-speaking voters may seek bilingual assistance through the 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) hotline, also from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.

“The right to vote is the most important right in our democracy.  This year, critical elections are taking place at the local, state and federal level all across the country.  Through vigilance, we can ensure that all eligible voters are able to freely cast their ballots and have their voices heard in the 2017 election cycle,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.  “The 866-OUR-VOTE hotline is a resource for all voters and would-be voters across the country who seek to report complaints or otherwise access information needed to meaningfully participate in elections in their community.”

Election Protection – the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – has trained volunteers available to answer questions on Election Day.  Election Protection also utilizes field monitors and voter education, and relies on its expansive network of national partners and state advocates, to respond to any questions or concerns voters may have.  In 2016 alone, Election Protection received over 120,000 calls from voters from around the country, and the hotline will continue to serve as a resource for voters year-round.

The 866-OUR-VOTE Election Protection hotline will be answered live on Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST.  Voters are encouraged to call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for voting-related questions or problems.

New England’s Leading Solar Company Converts to Employee Ownership

New England -based ReVision Energy, recently named the #1 rooftop solar contractor in the region, has converted to 100% ownership by an ESOP Trust.

ReVision Energy, a regional solar company that specializes in the design, installation and service of systems that reduce fossil fuel consumption and carbon pollution, has converted to 100% ESOP ownership. The company’s three co-founders chose the ESOP option after a rigorous three-year exploration of various strategies to ensure ReVision Energy’s long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

“We are investing the future of our company in the exceptional people who have worked hard all these years to build ReVision Energy into one of the best solar companies in the world,” said company co-founder Phil Coupe. “Converting to 100% ESOP means that every employee can financially benefit from the success of the business as we continue our mission to transition New England from a fossil fuel based economy to a sustainable, renewable energy based economy,” noted Coupe, who has spent a 25-year career focused on socially responsible business practices. “We believe this is the best future we can create for all our employees and for our commitment to sustainable energy.”

Historically, ReVision Energy has distinguished itself as a mission-driven, values-oriented company that takes excellent care of employees, clients, the broader community and the natural environment.  In 2015, ReVision Energy became a certified B-Corp, signifying that the company is operated with a goal of creating maximum positive impact rather than just focusing exclusively on maximizing shareholder returns. Other notable B-Corps include Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, King Arthur Flour and Patagonia, which all share in common a ‘triple bottom line’ business philosophy of People, Planet and Profits.

Since 2003, the company has grown from two guys in a garage to more than 200 employees today operating out of five locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In addition to designing and installing solar electric systems and solar hot water systems, ReVision Energy also specializes in the complementary technologies of battery storage, electric vehicle charging stations, heat pumps and microgrids, thereby providing all the tools necessary to drastically reduce, if not eliminate, fossil fuels.

“Today we have robust, reliable renewable energy technology that is enabling people and businesses to make the transition to 100% clean energy, ensuring their long-term energy security and independence. And now we have established the strongest employee ownership model by transitioning to 100% ESOP ownership, ensuring the greatest resilience for our company and positioning ReVision Energy for the future,” said Coupe.

According to the ESOP Association, 84% of companies that convert to ESOP report higher levels of employee motivation and productivity. This overwhelmingly positive effect on the company creates broad-based ownership among all employees and fosters an environment in which everyone understands his or her role in helping the company achieve its triple bottom line. Research has proven that employee ownership builds successful, competitive companies and creates equitable wealth for employees. It has been shown that ESOP companies pay better benefits, have twice the retirement income for employees and pay higher wages than non-ESOP companies.

ReVision joins a growing list of successful and innovative businesses, across industries and sectors, that recognizes and captures both the social and the economic rewards of fair practices and commitment to long term sustainability.  ReVision is proud to achieve both 100% ESOP ownership and B-corp status, positioning itself for a lasting and influential role in New England’s energy future.

MomsRising Marks Latina Equal Pay Day

 Group Calls For Immediate Action to Close the Wage Gap for Latinas

Today, November 2, is Latina Equal Pay Day – a day marking how far into 2017 Latinas in the United States must work to earn as much as a white man earned in 2016 alone. Women of color and moms are hit hardest by the wage gap, with Latinas making 54 cents for every dollar paid to a white man and Latina mothers making just 46 cents for every dollar paid to white fathers.

MomsRising, a national organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, argue that this incredibly large pay gap, the highest in the nation, hurts women, families and our national economy, and aims to use Latina Equal Pay Day to highlight the urgent need for action to close the wage gap for Latinas.

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising.org, issued the following statement commemorating Latina Equal Pay Day:

“You may have heard the stat that, despite the fact that women make up half the workforce and earn more college degrees than men, women on average still only earn 80 cents on the dollar. But the fact is that stat only tells part of the story. The wage gap for mothers and women of color is much worse. In fact the average Latina earns only 54 cents on the dollar compared to white men and Latina moms earn just 45 cents on the dollar compared to white dads. As we mark Latina Equal Pay Day today, it is critical that we recognize the dangerous pay gap between Latina workers and their white male counterparts.

“Across industries, Latina women and mothers are being left in the dust by a system that ensures they have to spend decades doing the same quality of work longer than a white, non-Hispanic man in order to catch up to an equal paycheck.

“It is time for the United States to face the facts that have been proven time and time again: when mothers and women of color do better in the workforce, the entire nation does better. We cannot sit back and watch as an extreme pay gap holds back both Latinas and their families and our national economy too. Right now, Latinas’ earnings just aren’t cutting it. The ability to take care of our families is something that each and every American deserves.”

“The good news is that solutions are possible. We can close the wage gap. Studies show that passing family economic security policies — like paid family and medical leave, affordable childcare, paid sick days, and a living wage — all help lower the wage gap. In addition, pay transparency and non-discrimination policies help close the wage gap too. Momentum is growing for these policies and together we can raise all boats. We will soon have a new President and Congress and they MUST work together to close the wage gap and ensure that we are no longer forced to mark another “Equal Pay Day” again.”

In commemoration of Latina Equal Pay Day, MomsRising’s more than 1 million members in the US will take part in actions on Twitter and social media calling attention to the pay gap and urging immediate action to ensure that Latinas receive equal pay for equal work.  Follow the actions on Twitter with the hashtag #LatinaEqualPay.

Former President Barack Obama Releases Video Encouraging Enrollment at HealthCare.Gov

“8 in 10 People Can Find Plans for $75 a Month or Less…cheaper than a lot of cell phone plans”

Former President Obama has a message, Get Covered. Earlier this morning, the former President released a video encouraging Americans to enroll at HealthCare.gov which opened for business today.

According to a new Health and Human Services report, people can find even more affordable plans this year than in years past.

This year many Americans can find a plan for under $75 each month because of the financial assistance that is available that lowers someone’s monthly premiums. That’s right, People will pay less for coverage this year than ever before. (HHS report page 37)
5 Vital Facts About Signing Up For Coverage at HealthCare.gov:

#1: Sign up by December 15. Open Enrollment starts on November 1 but you must take action by December 15, no matter if this is your first time getting covered or if you are returning to shop and save. Beat the rush and sign up early.

#2: Coverage could be cheaper than you think. Last year, 8 in 10 people qualified for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. In fact, most people found plans available between $50 to $100 per month.

#3: Shop and save. If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov for 2017, you should come back to update your information and compare your options for 2018. Every year, plans and prices change, you could save money by switching to a new plan that still meets your needs.

#4: Those who choose to go without health insurance may have to pay a penalty. There is a minimum penalty of $695 for not having health insurance.

#5: Free help is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or quick away. Call 1-800-318-2596, visitlocalhelp.healthcare.gov or make a one-on-one appointment now.

Get America Covered is a nationwide campaign focused on cutting through the confusion to make sure people get the information they need to get covered and stay covered. Get America Covered will help people looking to enroll in health coverage, as well as those who are helping other people sign-up; paying special attention to those states that rely on HealthCare.gov to sign people up for coverage.

Open Enrollment for the Individual Health Insurance Market Begins Today

NH Insurance Department Offers Guidance for Consumers

Concord, NH – Open enrollment for the individual health insurance market begins November 1st.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department offers guidance for the 53,000 Granite Staters who will be selecting or renewing a health plan through HealthCare.gov, through an agent, or directly from an insurance company. (Another 43,000 residents will get insurance through the state’s Premium Assistance Program, using the state’s NHEasy.nh.gov portal.)

“As open enrollment begins, people should research their options to determine the best plan for themselves and their families,” said New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny. “If you don’t shop around, you may end up paying more for coverage than you need to or end up with a plan that does not include your doctors or prescription drugs. Free help is available from agents and Navigators.”

1.      The Enrollment Window Is Shorter:

Open enrollment is the only time to apply for individual health insurance for the upcoming year, unless you experience a qualifying life event, such as losing coverage from a job, getting married, or having a baby. This year, open enrollment begins on November 1 and ends December 15 (in previous years, consumers had through the end of January to select a plan). To ensure coverage begins on January 1, you must pay your first premium by the insurance company’s deadline, which in most cases is December 31.

2.      Some People Will See Steep Rate Increases:

The roughly 29,000 New Hampshire residents who receive federal subsidies through HealthCare.gov likely won’t experience much change in what they pay in monthly premiums. However, the 24,000 residents who don’t qualify for a federal subsidy or who buy a plan outside HealthCare.gov will see an average increase of 52 percent. If you have a policy now, you will get a renewal letter from your insurance company – but the letter’s estimate of what you will pay in monthly premium might be not accurate if you receive a subsidy. This is because precise subsidy information was not available at the time these letters were prepared. Use the plan preview tool on HealthCare.gov to estimate what your subsidy, and your premium, might be. More information on rates can be found on the Insurance Department website.

3.      Everyone Should Shop Around:

Even if you like your 2017 plan, you should shop and compare your options for 2018. The HealthCare.gov 2018 plan preview tool is available and consumers can start researching now. The options available are changing for 2018, meaning some 2017 plans may not be available. Plans may also change their networks and prescription drug coverage from year to year. If you don’t do anything, HealthCare.gov will automatically enroll you in a plan that is considered “similar” to your current plan; but that plan may not have a similar premium, and your doctors and prescription drugs may not be in network.

4.      Free Help Is Available:

Insurance agents and brokers can help you enroll in a plan on HealthCare.gov or directly from an insurance company – they can help you review your options and recommend which plan might be best for you. Federal Navigators and Certified Application Counselors can help you apply and enroll in health insurance on HealthCare.gov only, and while they can educate you about health insurance and your options, they aren’t allowed to recommend a specific plan. Find local help on HealthCare.gov or the Insurance Department website.

5.      You May Have to Pay Unpaid 2017 Premiums:

Beginning with 2018 open enrollment, insurance companies may be permitted to collect unpaid 2017 premiums before providing coverage in 2018. If you believe you are being charged past-due premium amounts in error, please contact the Insurance Department’s Consumer Services unit by phone at 1-800-852-3416 or email consumerservices@ins.nh.gov.

6.      Some Plans/Networks Are Not Available in 2018:

All Minuteman Health plans on the individual exchange will terminate on December 31, 2017. If you are currently enrolled in a Minuteman Health plan and don’t enroll in a new plan by December 15, HealthCare.gov will auto-enroll you into a 2018 plan considered comparable to your Minuteman plan. New Hampshire Health Protection Program members with Minuteman Health coverage will receive information from the NH Department of Health and Human Services about moving to a new plan.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will not offer its New Hampshire Network plans on HealthCare.gov for 2018, but it will offer its ElevateHealth Network. If you have the Harvard Pilgrim New Hampshire Network, review your provider needs and select a plan accordingly.

7.      The Individual Mandate Is Still in Effect:

The individual mandate requires all Americans to have Minimum Essential Coverage for the year or qualify for an exemption. For more information on individual mandate fine amounts, check here.

8.      Low-Income Residents Can Enroll in the NH Health Protection Program:

Low-income NH residents may be eligible for low- or no-cost health coverage through the NHHPP. If you are already enrolled in the NHHPP, you will receive information from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services about how to pick a plan for 2018.

If you do not have NHHPP coverage but think you may be eligible, you can call the Medicaid Service Center at 1-888-901-4999 Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. You can also apply online at NH Easy from 6 a.m.-midnight, seven days a week; visit a DHHS district office or download an application; or visit your local ServiceLink center for help with the application. If you apply for a plan on HealthCare.gov, you may be referred to the NHHPP if you appear to qualify for the program based on income.

The NH Insurance Department Can Help:

For more information from the NH Insurance Department on open enrollment, visit our website. If you have questions about or issues with using the Marketplace and obtaining coverage, please call the federal government at (800) 318-2596. Once you have coverage, please contact the Insurance Department with questions or concerns at 1-800-852-3416 or (603) 271-2261, or by email at consumerservices@ins.nh.gov.

NH Insurance Department to Hold Public Hearing on Health Insurance Premiums

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Insurance Department will host its annual public hearing on health insurance premiums and medical care cost drivers from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017, at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord.

According to state law, the Insurance Commissioner “shall hold an annual public hearing concerning premium rates in the health insurance market and the factors, including health care costs and cost trends, that have contributed to rate increases during the prior year.” This year’s public hearing is based on data and information available in 2016.

“The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s annual hearing is an important tool to increase transparency and foster dialogue on health care costs in New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny. “Each year, we convene health insurance companies, members of state government, and New Hampshire residents to examine what’s behind higher health care costs in the state and what can be done about it. I encourage anyone who is interested to attend, either in person or remotely.”

This year’s hearing will include a report on the 2016 data submitted by health insurance companies in New Hampshire. Two separate insurer panel discussions will focus on managing covered populations, benefit design, and provider payment reform. The hearing will include a public comment period.

The hearing is open to the public, although seating is limited. Live streaming of the event is planned.

Reserve a seat to attend the event in person.

Register for the livestream option.

For more information on the event, including the full agenda: https://www.nh.gov/insurance/media/events/annual-hearing.htm

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