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New Hampshire Elects Money In Politics Reform Champions

 This year’s elections made one thing clear in New Hampshire: Granite State voters turned out to support champions intent on getting big money out of politics. Up and down the ballot, they voted for candidates firmly behind a robust agenda for reforms aimed at creating a democracy truly of the people.

Hillary Clinton and her platform for comprehensive money in politics reform won the day in New Hampshire. New Hampshire voters also chose to replace U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte with Maggie Hassan, who supports a constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United. Ayotte has failed to support such an amendment, despite being repeatedly asked by her constituents.   

Granite Staters voted to replace campaign finance scandal-ridden Frank Guinta with longtime champion Carol Shea-Porter in Congressional District 1. 

Voters also made money in politics a down-ballot issue. Pending a recount, incumbent Hillsboro District 28 state representatives Eric Eastman and Elizabeth Ferreira will likely be replaced by former state representatives Jan Schmidt and Sylvia Gale. Eastman and Ferreira voted multiple times against SB 136, a bill that nearly made New Hampshire the 17th state to go on record in support of overturning cases like Citizens United—while Schmidt and Gale voted to pass a nearly identical bill as previously elected state representatives in 2014.  

“Up and down the ballot, Granite Staters voted for people who are committed to fighting big money in politics. We elected representatives who will fight for democratic reforms for all,” said Linds Jakows, NH Campaign Organizer at People For the American Way. “In the wake of electing a president who hired the head of Citizens United to help run his campaign, local, state, and national efforts to fight the corrosive influence of money in politics is more important than ever.”

Some highlights of People For the American Way’s work in New Hampshire fighting big money in politics this election cycle:

  • Led New Hampshire voters in building support for SB 136, a proposal in favor of a constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United, through petition deliveries, meetings with representatives, op-eds and letters to the editor, and more. In January 2016, SB 136 initially passed—briefly making New Hampshire the 17th state to officially call for an amendment—until New Hampshire State House leadership succeeded in getting 14 Republicans to change their votes and kill the bill. Representatives Eastman and Ferreira, who voted multiple times against the bill, appear to have been defeated this election, pending recount.
  • Knocked on almost 4,000 doors to urge voters to support Maggie Hassan over Kelly Ayotte because of their stances on money in politics reforms and filling Supreme Court vacancies. 
  • Knocked on almost 1,000 doors in Hillsboro 28 to urge voters to vote on money in politics when casting a ballot for state representatives. To see the literature we distributed to voters, email media@pfaw.org.
  • Held “Ayotte Won’t Get Money Out” light brigade in July 2015 after she refused to support the Democracy For All amendment
  • Organized Granite State activists to submit questions on money in politics reform to U.S. Senate debates and candidate interviews 

Become A Progressive Advocate With NH New Leaders Council

new-leaders-councilNH New Leaders Council looks to the Granite State to develop the next generation of progressive advocates

November 10, 2016, Concord, NH – New Leaders Council NH was founded in 2015 to help expand and deepen the pipeline of progressive entrepreneurs and advocates in New Hampshire.  We are currently recruiting interested individuals to apply for their second institute in New Hampshire.  Dates and information about the 2017 Institute may be found online.

NLC’s flagship program is the Institute, a rigorous 5-month training program that focuses on entrepreneurship, advocacy, organizing, and fundraising. NLC seeks out the top tier of emerging progressive leaders from around the country for the Institute, building a community of vetted, trained progressive leaders with the skills and support system to help to change the way politics is done and foster a more equitable, just America.  

Because of NLC’s commitment to recruiting and training outside of traditional power structures, the NLC Institute is FREE for all Fellows.

New Leaders Council is a national  501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2006 to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive leaders. New Hampshire’s chapter was founded in 2015 and has already graduated over 30 fellows.  

Interested candidates should apply  by November 14, 2016 online at www.newleaderscouncil.org/apply_to_be_a_2017_nlc_fellow 

Chris Sununu Refuses to Condemn Top Surrogate’s Misogynistic Comments About Hillary Clinton

Concord, N.H. – Even as Chris Sununu continues taking his strategy straight from the Trump playbook, such as claiming our electoral system is “rigged,” he’s continuing to employ one of his favorite tactics—refusing to condemn the sexist and misogynistic comments of his allies. 

“John H. Sununu, Chris’ father and top surrogate, made some of the most sexist and chauvinistic remarks of this campaign, and Chris Sununu doesn’t have the decency to even comment, let alone disavow his disgusting comments,” NHDP Chair Ray Buckley. “Chris Sununu is failing a leadership test every time he stays silent in the face of misogyny.”

Speaking at Donald Trump’s Atkinson rally John H. Sununu, asked the crowd, “Do you think Bill was referring to Hillary when he said, ‘I did not have sex with that women?’”

The comments made global, national and local headlines, but Chris Sununu never commented and refused to disavow his father’s comments. John is Chris’ top surrogate and was the first to urge him to run for governor.

WMUR: John H. Sununu mocks Bill, Hillary Clinton in warmup to Trump: Sullivan said that the elder Sununu asked the crowd to support his son, as well as Trump, and so was acting as a surrogate for his son at the rally. Since the former governor was in that role, she said, ‘Chris Sununu has an obligation to apologize just as any candidate should apologize for any offensive comments made by a surrogate…the Chris Sununu campaign had no immediate response…”

NH1: At Trump rally, ex-NH governor Sununu mocks Bill and Hillary Clinton; apologizes later: “This is beneath the office of Governor of New Hampshire, and Chris Sununu should put common decency ahead of his own political interests by condemning these comments and tell Governor Sununu to apologize immediately…there’s been no response from Chris Sununu’s campaign.” 

Slate: The Clinton’s Don’t Have Sex, So Don’t Vote For Hillary: Opening for Donald Trump at a New Hampshire rally on Friday, former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu implied that Hillary Clinton’s husband does not want to have sex with her…we have reached out to Chris Sununu’s campaign to ask how the he feels about his father judging a presidential candidate by her imagined sex life four days before the election and will update this post if we hear back. 

Boston Globe: At Trump rally, Sununu makes crude joke about Clinton: “The state Democratic Party did not laugh, saying Sununu’s comment was “misogynistic” and calling on his son, Chris Sununu to disavow them.”

NECN: Trump Surrogate Sununu Jokes That Bill Clinton Was Talking About Hillary When He Said ‘I Did Not Have Sex With That’: “‘This is beneath the office of Governor of New Hampshire, and Chris Sununu should put common decency ahead of his own political interests by condemning these comments and tell Governor Sununu to apologize immediately,’ said Matt Trojan, communications director for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern.”

Union Leader: John H. Sununu blasts Clintons at Trump rally 

Eagle Tribune: Trump promises change at rally that angers Dems

Washington Post: At Trump rally, former N.H. governor jokes about the Clintons’ sex life

CNN: Sununu: Was Bill Clinton’s ‘woman’ comment about Hillary?

Mother Jones: Yet Another Sexist Hillary Clinton Joke From a Trump Surrogate

Associated Press: Dems denounce Sununu remarks on Clinton sex life

Daily Caller: Former Gov. John Sununu Takes Jab at Hillary

The Independent: Donald Trump surrogate and ex-governor openly makes lewd joke about Hillary Clinton’s sex life

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Workers Endorse Carol Shea-Porter for Congress

Portsmouth, NH— Today, the workers from the Metal Trades Council at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard endorsed Carol Shea-Porter for Congress at Prescott Park in Portsmouth. Metal Trades Council President Mark Vigliotta delivered remarks praising Shea-Porter for her commitment to the Shipyard and for standing up for all the men and women that work there.

“We’re here from federal employees’ Metal Trades Council Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to support Carol Shea-Porter in her bid for Congress. She stands up for the working men and women at the Shipyard, and she’s been there for all the support that we need, and I want to thank her,” said Vigliotta.

Shea-Porter praised the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as the best shipyard in the world, and she promised to work tirelessly to make sure that it always stays that way. In Congress, Shea-Porter successfully protected the Shipyard from possibly being closed under a future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission. She secured millions for facility upgrades, including $1.2 million for a new dry dock facility, $11.9 million to reconstruct the Shipyard’s Structural Shops, and $7 million for security improvements to Gate 2. She authorized $20 million for the Waterfront Support Facility to support the repair of Virginia-class submarines and authorized an additional $9.90 million to construct the Consolidated Global Submarine Component, the Navy’s warehousing center for submarine components. Her efforts were largely credited for keeping the Shipyard, which has a critical national security function, open, while also saving thousands of jobs.

Shea-Porter thanked the workers and said, “I am very honored to have the support again. I know that you have been very active making sure that the men and women of the Shipyard receive proper pay, proper treatment. I’m in that with you, and grateful that I have your support,” said Shea-Porter. 

“In 2007, I was shocked to see some of the problems at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in the physical facilitates, and so working together we took care of that,” Shea-Porter continued. She added that there were a lot more jobs now at the Shipyard and that the sound of building at the facilities was “a pretty good sound to me,” she added with a smile.  

“So thank you for the work you do, you are known as the best shipyard in the world. I am so proud of that.  Thank you for the work you are doing to keep this country safe,” concluded Shea-Porter. 

Video of the endorsement can be found here.

Supreme Court Nominee Central Issue In POTUS Election

people-for-the-american-wayPeople For the American Way Releases Digital Video Spotlighting Supreme Court as Central Issue in 2016 Presidential Election

Today, People For the American Way (PFAW) released a digital video spotlighting the Supreme Court as a central issue in the 2016 presidential election. The video, which will be promoted on social media to PFAW members and millennial voters, lays out the simple binary choice facing voters in this election: either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president and have the power to nominate up to four Supreme Court justices, shaping the future of our country for decades. The video also details the types of justices Trump and Clinton have discussed appointing.

Watch the video:

2016 and the Future of the Supreme CourtClinton or Trump will be our president for four years, but the Supreme Court justices they pick serve for life.

Posted by People For the American Way on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 

“Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States, and their choice of Supreme Court justices will have an enormous impact on issues like the environment, LGBT rights, and abortion access for decades,” said PFAW Communications Director Drew Courtney. “Hillary Clinton has made clear that she’ll appoint justices who understand that the Constitution protects all of us, not just the wealthy and powerful. Donald Trump’s will protect the privileges of the wealthy and powerful, but not the rights of ordinary people. It’s that simple.”

Additional resources on the Supreme Court and the 2016 election:

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NH Insurance Department to Hold Nov. 4 Annual Public Hearing on Health Insurance Premiums

Hearing Will Focus on Pharmaceuticals as a Cost Driver in New Hampshire

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Insurance Department will host its annual public hearing on health care costs and payment systems from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016, 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 2015. The hearing will focus on prescription drugs as a cost-driver.  

“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, health care providers, 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.”  

The health insurance consulting firm Gorman Actuarial will discuss the major findings from the 2015 data submitted by health insurance companies in New Hampshire in preparation for the hearing.  

Three separate panel discussions will focus on pharmaceuticals:

  • Drug Pricing, Clinical Effectiveness, and the Need for Transparency: The panel will feature an independent physician and a representative from the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.
  • Pharmaceuticals, Payments, and Benefit Management: The panel will feature representatives from MedImpact, Cigna, and PhRMA.
  • Insurance Carriers: Representatives from Anthem and Harvard Pilgrim will discuss pharmacy benefit management, product design, and treatment alternatives. 

The Department also will present updates to its NHHealthCost.org website, a health care transparency tool developed to help consumers understand their actual costs for health care services throughout the state.  

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, or register for the livestream option. 

More information on the event can be found on the Insurance Department website: http://www.nh.gov/insurance/media/events/2016-annual-hearing.htm  

About the New Hampshire Insurance Department

The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s mission is to promote and protect the public good by ensuring the existence of a safe and competitive insurance marketplace through the development and enforcement of the insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/insurance.

Wall Street Investment Firm Drives Ayotte’s Position on Northern Pass

Blackstone Group, competitor to Northern Pass, contributes more than $44,000 to Ayotte’s Campaign

Barrington – Recent political contribution reports show that the Blackstone Group, a Wall Street financial firm that is funding a competitive energy project to Northern Pass, has given upwards of $44,000 to Ayotte’s re-election campaign.  According to Open Secrets, the contributions from Blackstone’s executives and Blackstone’s political action committee make the Wall Street firm the largest energy sector contributor to Ayotte’s reelection campaign.

The Blackstone Group is described as the “lead investor” in Transmission Developers, Inc. (TDI), which has proposed several transmission projects in New England and New York.  Similar to Northern Pass, TDI has proposed a transmission project in Vermont that seeks to bring hydroelectric power from Canada, but to date has not announced an energy source for the project.

“Senator Ayotte portrays herself as protecting New Hampshire by trying to creating hurdles for energy projects in our state, but in reality she is working to tip the scales to gain an advantage for one of her largest political contributors,” said Tiler Eaton of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  “Since she has begun advocating to place costly mandates on Northern Pass, Ayotte has raked in tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the Wall Street investment firm that stands to gain the most from her position.”

In addition to the Blackstone Group, Eaton said Ayotte has taken thousands in political contributions from other energy companies and power plant owners who have fought to stop any new energy supplies from entering the New England region.  Eaton said these energy companies and power plant owners benefit from the extremely high prices in the New England energy market, and work to prevent new energy supplies from entering New England that might lower prices.

Eaton said the biggest losers from Ayotte’s effort to promote the Wall Street firm’s energy projects are New Hampshire businesses, homeowners and workers. 

“At the end of the day, by letting her political contributors determine her position on energy projects, Senator Ayotte is standing in the way of lower cost electricity for New Hampshire and New England”, said Eaton. “By standing in the way of new energy supplies entering New Hampshire, Ayotte keeps electricity costs high and protects massive profits for her Wall Street political contributors.  All at the expense of New Hampshire electric consumers, our state’s economy and good jobs in the state.”

State Senate Candidate Joe Duarte Questioned Whether a Female Applicant for a Town Committee Could Fulfill Responsibilities Because She is a Mother

In 2007, Duarte participated in a discussion about whether a woman – who was the only candidate for a Zoning Board of Adjustments alternate position – could dedicate the necessary time because she is a mother

Joe Duarte

Joe Duarte

Concord, NH – During a Candia Selectman meeting on April 23, 2007, several selectmen – including Senate District 16 candidate Joe Duarte – debated whether an applicant for a vacant zoning board of adjustments alternate position could dedicate the necessary time to the position because she was the mother of a young child.

The applicant, Amanda Soares, was the only person to apply for the position. While some public officials in the room stated that the applicant’s personal family commitments weren’t up to the board to comment on – and that the question would likely not come up for a male applicant – Duarte persisted:

“Selectman Lazott stated he did not want to stretch her too thin. Selectman Duarte stated he was not on with the ZBA appointment because she was just appointed to the Planning Board as an alternate. Selectman Brennan stated he did not think the appointment was a big deal pointing out that he holds a full-time job and serves on many Boards and Committees. One Selectman noted that Selectman Brennan did not have a family and this requestor does.

Selectman Giffen reiterated that Mrs. Soares was extremely capable and that the ZBA meetings were typically short. Selectman Giffen advised he would not want to turn any volunteers down. Tax Collector Sanders mentioned she was aware that Mrs. Soares no longer had a daily commute to Massachusetts. Road Agent Lewis stated some months the ZBA does not meet. Selectman Giffen motioned to appoint Amanda Soares to the Zoning Board as an alternate member. Seconded by Selectman Brennan. Chairman Kelley stated he was still deciding because he was not sure about her time considering she has a small child. Selectman Brennan said the Board should let her make her own decisions regarding her time. Selectman Duarte stated attendance for two alternates for the Planning Board last year was poor and both had families. Ingrid Byrd of Depot Road wondered if the Board would be having the family discussion if the applicant was a man … Selectman Giffen mentioned that Mrs. Soares had perfect attendance when she was on the Solid Waste Committee and Conservation Commission. (Candia Selectmen, Approved Candia Selectmen’s Public Meeting Minutes, April 23, 2007)

The vote was postponed, but during the same meeting Duarte seconded a motion to approve two men for a town committee with no discussion of whether they have domestic responsibilities at home.

“Selectman Giffen to make recommendations on members for a Town of Candia Website Committee: Selectman Giffen advised public notice was placed in the paper for Public Meeting held on 4/19/07 for the purpose of establishing a website Committee. Selectman Giffen stated only two individuals showed up to volunteer. Selectman Giffen motioned to appoint Joe Miele and Larry Twitchell as members of the Town’s website committee with one-year terms, term to expire 4/23/08 effective today’s date. Seconded by Selectman Duarte. All in favor. Motion carried.” (Candia Selectmen, Approved Candia Selectmen’s Public Meeting Minutes, April 23, 2007)

In a follow-up meeting about the appointment, Duarte directly questioned the female applicant about her “full agenda” including other time commitments. Soares responded by saying her husband could be home to run the household in the evenings.

Selectman Duarte noted Mrs. Soares had a full agenda and asked her if she had enough time to devote to another Board. Mrs. Soares stated most of the meetings were held in the evenings when her husband is home and able to maintain the household … ZBA Chair Boyd Chivers pointed out that Mrs. Soares was the only person who expressed interest and did not know how the Board could turn her down. Secretary Chabot verified an advertisement was run for the position and Mrs. Soares was the only interested party. Selectman Giffen moved to accept the recommendation of the ZBA for the appointment of Amanda Soares as an alternate member with a term to expire on 10/28/08. Selectmen Lazott and Duarte indicated they were opposed. ZBA Chair Chivers noted the ZBA unanimously recommended her appointment.” (Candia Selectmen, Approved Candia Selectmen’s Public Meeting Minutes, May 14, 2007)

Statement from Granite State Progress Executive Director Zandra Rice Hawkins:

“It appears Joe Duarte judges women based on his own personal opinion of what her domestic roles and responsibilities should be, rather than letting a woman decide for herself. While other public officials pushed back, Duarte persisted in making this an issue of a woman’s assumed role in a household and at no time raised concerns about the sexist nature of the conversation. In fact, he asserted that it was relevant despite the candidate’s demonstrated commitment to other town committees and the fact that she was the only applicant for the position. Duarte, himself, was serving on multiple committees at the time.”

This is not the only time Duarte has stood in the way of women. In 2014 Duarte voted against the New Hampshire Paycheck Fairness Act, an act to ensure women receive equal pay for an equal day’s work; and in 2012 he voted to allow any employer to deny coverage for contraception based on the employer’s own personal beliefs. (SB207, Roll Call #235, 5/14/2014; HB1546, Roll Call #117, 3/7/2012) Duarte also endorsed Donald Trump for President.

Note: Soares later went on to successfully complete 5 years of service on the Candia Board of Selectmen. She resigned in early 2015 when her family moved out of the area. (Candia Selectman, Candia’s Selectmen’s Public Meeting Minutes, 1.12.15)

Granite State Progress is a progressive advocacy organization that addresses issues of immediate state and local concern. Granite State Progress works as a communications hub for the progressive community to provide a strong, credible voice in advancing progressive solutions to critical community problems.

Information for NH Residents on 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace and Open Enrollment

CONCORD, NH — Open enrollment through the state’s federally facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace (www.Healthcare.gov) will run from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. In advance of open enrollment on and off the Marketplace, the New Hampshire Insurance Department offers information and resources to state residents who plan to purchase health insurance in the individual market for 2017 coverage.

“New Hampshire residents have options for 2017: four health insurance companies to choose from, many plans and health care provider networks, and a range of price points,” said New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny. “Even if people already have a plan, they should go to HealthCare.gov and shop around – they may find a plan that’s more affordable or that has a health care provider network that they like better.”

Federal Assistance Based on Income Levels:

You can buy a plan outside of the federal Marketplace – through an insurance agent or directly from an insurance company – and it will cover the same essential services as a Marketplace plan.  However, if you want to receive federal financial assistance to pay for the plan, you will need to enroll through the Marketplace. Depending on your income level, you may qualify for cost assistance for paying premiums and/or out-of-pocket costs for a health insurance plan bought through the Marketplace, or for no-cost or low-cost coverage under the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.  

When you complete an application on www.Healthcare.gov, you will be prompted to enter your tax household size and financial information. After completing the application, you will be notified if you qualify for financial assistance for a Marketplace plan or for coverage through the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.

If you are enrolled in Marketplace coverage for 2016, you will receive renewal information from your insurance company and the Marketplace itself. 

If you are already enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, you will receive information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services about how to pick a plan for 2017.

Health insurance plans:

In 2017, four insurance companies will offer individual plans on the New Hampshire Marketplace: Anthem, Ambetter from NH Healthy Families, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Minuteman Health.

Community Health Options will not be offering coverage in New Hampshire in 2017. Current Community Health Options members are encouraged to shop and select a new plan for 2017. Those who do not select a new plan will be automatically assigned to one by the Marketplace.

For your coverage to begin on January 1, 2017, you will need to enroll by December 15, 2016 (NH residents who have CHO coverage will have until December 31, 2016 to select a new plan). You will need to pay your premium for your 2017 coverage to take effect. 

New Hampshire Health Protection Program members with Community Health Options coverage will receive information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services about moving to a new plan. New Hampshire small businesses can also purchase group plans through the Marketplace under the SHOP program (go to HealthCare.gov).

What to Consider:

There are five categories, or “metal levels,” of coverage in the individual and small group market, including plans sold on the Marketplace. Plans in each category will pay for different portions of an average person’s care, with the rest being paid by the covered person as out-of-pocket expenses:

  • Bronze: Your plan pays 60% of your health costs, on average. You pay 40%.
  • Silver: Your plan pays 70% of your health costs, on average. You pay about 30%.
    • If you buy through the Marketplace and qualify for cost-sharing assistance, you will pay less than 30%, but only if you choose a Silver plan. Your cost-sharing could be as low as 6%, depending on your income.
  • Gold: Your plan pays 80% of your health costs, on average. You pay about 20%.
  • Platinum: Your plan pays 90% of your health costs, on average. You pay about 10%.
  • Catastrophic: Your plan pays less than 60% of the total cost of care on average. These plans are only available to people who are under 30 years old or who have a hardship exemption.

The actual percentage you pay, in total or per service, will depend on the plan design (different plans feature different deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket maximums) and the services you use throughout the year. When choosing a plan category, think about your health care needs as well as your budget. Bronze and Silver plans have lower monthly premiums, but they also pay less of your costs when you need care.  Gold and platinum plans have lower cost-sharing – meaning the plan pays more and you pay less—but have higher monthly premiums. 

Consider whether your doctors are included in the insurance plan’s network of providers. You can check the insurance company’s provider directory to see if they are included. If you are taking prescription drugs, check the insurance company’s drug formulary to see if they will be covered.

More information on 2017 plans:

New Hampshire HealthCost – a free tool developed by the NH Insurance Department:

The website www.NHHealthCost.org gives cost estimates for health procedures at medical facilities in the state. The estimates are based on actual, anonymous, paid claims data collected from the state’s health insurers. The website allows people to see the total costs of different procedures, including physician fees, lab fees, and facility fees, based on their insurance type, deductible, and coinsurance.

The site’s goal is to give people knowledge about the real cost of their care so they can make informed choices about how and where to spend their health care dollars. The website also includes hospital quality data and a guide to help consumers understand how to use their health insurance.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department Can Help:

“I want the people of this state to know that the Insurance Department is here as a resource: Our Consumer Services staff is available to assist with issues that arise after people are enrolled in coverage,” said Commissioner Sevigny.

Contact the Insurance Department with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your insurance coverage at 1-800-852-3416 or (603) 271-2261, or by email at consumerservices@ins.nh.gov.

About the New Hampshire Insurance Department

The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s mission is to promote and protect the public good by ensuring the existence of a safe and competitive insurance marketplace through the development and enforcement of the insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/insurance.

Union Built PC and Bargaining Power Announce Strategic Alliance to Empower Labor Unions

Agreement will empower Labor Unions with Digital Tools for Projecting Costs at Collective Bargaining & Real Time Grievance & Arbitration Tracking

union built logo 2006 hi resNEW YORK, NY  – Union Built PC Inc. and Bargaining Power Inc. have entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement with a goal of providing the Labor Industry the necessary tools to effectively represent their membership by Projecting Costs at Collective Bargaining and enabling Real-Time Grievance and Arbitration Tracking. 

Union Built PC Inc. and Bargaining Power Inc. are the leading experts in Projecting Costs at collective bargaining and Grievance and Arbitration Tracking Labor Software.  In combining the skillsets of their respective teams and product offerings, we will enhance Labor’s ability at the bargaining table. 

This partnership also provides an opportunity for Union Built PC Inc. and Bargaining Power Inc. to work collaboratively on product development, marketing and software sales. 

“We at Union Built PC Inc. are constantly searching for software that will help Labor Excel.  Bargaining Power Software is an extremely powerful Tool that will aid unions in analyzing costs and effectively representing their membership,” says Pete Marchese Director of Operations of Union Built PC Inc.

Bargaining Power Inc. has developed Bargaining Power® Software, which saves Labor Unions time and money as they conduct all of their cost analyses, whether for collective bargaining or arbitrations. First developed by a Labor Negotiator over 20 years ago, the software is continually enhanced by the experience and expertise of hundreds of customers, including the UFCW International and IBT, IAFF, IUOE and UFCW locals.

Bargaining Power is a unique product that gives labor a software solution that provides enhanced insight and is faster and easier to use than any spreadsheet model.  It instantly allows unlimited proposals to change compensation, benefit, time off-allowances and work rules.  Also, it automatically takes into account turnover rates and changing lengths of service. 

“With Bargaining Power, unions can be confident they’re capturing the true costs of potential settlements.  They can instantly compare all scenarios under consideration assuring they’re making the best possible decisions at the table,” says Betsy Cagan, President and founder of Bargaining Power Inc.

Union Built PC Inc. developed their Grievance Manager® Software in 2006, enabling the Labor Industry to track their Grievances, Arbitrations and related documents in Real Time. 

As an immediate result of this alliance, Union Built PC will resell Bargaining Power and integrate it into our present suite of Software to automate Labor’s everyday tasks.  

For more information about how Bargaining Power can help Labor Unions and International Organizations bargain and represent their membership more effectively, contact Pete Marchese at 877-728-6466 or pete.marchese@unionbuiltpc.com.

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