Bi-State Primary Care Association is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that promotes access to effective and affordable primary care and preventive services for all, with special emphasis on underserved populations in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Bi-State Awarded Navigator Grant to Continue Outreach and Enrollment
CONCORD, NH – SEPT 9, 2014 – Following a successful first year, Bi-State Primary Care Association was awarded a Navigator Organization grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support the continuation of outreach and enrollment activities designed to help uninsured residents gain access to health insurance coverage in New Hampshire. Bi-State’s NH Safety Net Coverage Collaborative, comprised of Bi-State, eight Community Health Centers, and the North Country Health Consortium, employs previously trained and certified navigators prepared to conduct outreach and provide impartial education about the NH Health Insurance Marketplace and the Qualified Health Plans. Supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership CFDA No. 93.332, Grant No. NAVCA140120-01-00. (100% of the total costs of the program will be financed with federal money; 0% will be financed by nongovernmental sources.)
NH Health Protection Plan Expands Access to Health Care to 50,000 Residents
MANCHESTER, NH – To help strengthen the health and economic security of thousands of hard-working New Hampshire citizens, Governor Maggie Hassan announced that New Hampshire residents may now apply for New Hampshire Health Protection Insurance coverage that will start on August 15. Applications can be submitted online at www.nheasy.nh.gov or www.healthcare.gov; by calling the Medicaid Service Center at 1-888-901-4999; by downloading a paper application at www.dhhs.nh.gov; or by visiting a NH DHHS district office.
2014 Primary Care Conference
Bi-State's Awards Ceremony, held during the Primary Care Conference lunch hour, recognized individuals who have improved access to primary care for the residents of New Hampshire and Vermont through extraordinary personal commitment and dedication.
Sen. Sanders, HRSA's Dr. Wakefield, Jim McCrae, Meet with Vermont Health Center Directors
BURLINGTON, VT (April 24, 2014) – Dr. Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Jim Macrae, M.A., M.P.P., associate administrator for Primary Health Care, and Tess Stack Kuenning, CNS, MS, RN, president and chief executive officer of Bi-State Primary Care Association, joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for a meeting with the directors of Vermont’s Federally Qualified Health Centers on April 24 in Burlington. Dr. Harry Chen, Commissioner of the Vermont Department Health, state health officials, and representatives from other safety net providers attended the two-hour meeting.
Sen. Sanders is focusing on improving access to primary care and workforce shortages across the country, including in his home state of Vermont. The Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded FQHC status to Battenkill Valley Health Center, Gifford Health Care, and Mountain Health Center, bringing the total to eleven nonprofit FQHCs in Vermont operating 51 sites. The FQHCs currently provide primary and preventive health care to approximately 150,000 Vermonters.
Administrator Wakefield’s visit focused on medical, dental, and mental health care access and workforce needs, following on the heels of Sen. Sanders’ Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging hearing on primary care access held on April 9 in Washington, DC. Dr. Wakefield, Jim McCrae, and Tess Stack Kuenning toured Northern Tier Center for Health in Richford on Thursday and will tour the Community Health Centers of Burlington and Gifford Health Center in Randolph on Friday. Kuenning reports, “We are delighted to highlight for the state and federal officials the tremendous work of the Health Centers on behalf of their patients and communities.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Tess Stack Kuenning, Jim McCrae, Dr. Mary Wakefield, Sen. Sanders
VIDEO: NH Community Health Centers: A Smart Investment
Community Health Centers provide serve over 100,000 Granite Staters every year. The Community Health Centers are primary care practices that see everyone in their community including patients on Medicaid, Medicare, and commercially insured residents. The Health Centers offer a sliding fee based on income for those who are uninsured.