NH Behavioral Health Summit
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Heroin and opioid misuse is the latest substance use crisis that is wreaking havoc in communities statewide. The public policy reaction is developing on a fast track as many potential federal, state and community solutions are being advanced. The coming year holds hope for many of these behavioral health solutions to be authorized, funded and implemented. Focusing these investments in a long-term system of care will be an important discussion and a challenge in 2016.
Bi-State Urges Elected Officials to Act on the Opioid Epidemic
CONCORD MONITOR -- October 27, 2015 -- Health insurance open enrollment for 2016 begins Nov. 1. That means it’s time to assess and review your health insurance needs. With the third enrollment period upon us, Americans have better options and accessibility to health insurance through the health insurance marketplaces than ever before.
To reach consumers, assisters are holding health care enrollment events in their communities during the open enrollment period. In Concord, consumers are invited to “Get Covered and Stay Covered Concord!” Healthcare Enrollment Day on Nov. 7. It will be held at the Boys & Girls Club in Concord, 55 Bradley St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. To reserve a place for personal assistance, please call 228-2830, x 175 or x 160. Continue reading Concord Monitor article.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 – Through a competitive grant process, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded Bi-State Primary Care Association a three-year Navigator Program grant to provide public education and enrollment assistance in New Hampshire. Bi-State and its NH Health Safety Net Coverage Collaborative, comprised of Bi-State and five Community Health Centers, have a long-standing history of working with uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved populations. “Over the past two years, our Collaborative has assisted more than 100,000 Granite Staters,” said Tess Stack Kuenning, president and CEO of Bi-State. “We look forward to helping more residents understand the benefits of health insurance and enroll in a Qualified Health Plan or the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.”
AUGUST 25, 2015 - Federally Qualified Health Centers in Vermont and New Hampshire received Quality Improvement Awards from the U.S. Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) this week for high scores on six measures of health care quality. Awards were based on data collected from health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and seven U.S. Territories. The Health Centers offer comprehensive primary medical, behavioral, mental, and oral health care, and substance use-disorder services to more than 300,000 New Hampshire and Vermont residents.
Increasing Access to Primary Care in New Hampshire and Vermont
In August Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Affordable Care Act grants will support 266 new health center clinical sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico The new health centers will deliver comprehensive primary health care services to a projected 1.2 million people in medically under-served communities. “Across the country, health centers have provided a source of high-quality primary care for people in rural and urban communities for 50 years,” said HHS Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield. “These Affordable Care Act funds build on the strong legacy of the health center program and provide even more individuals and families with access to the care they need the most.”
Pictured: (L-R) Tess Stack Kuenning, Jim Mcrae, Mary Wakefield, Sen. Bernie Sanders
In Memoriam: Hunt Blair
Bi-State staff was deeply saddened by the untimely passing of our former director of Vermont Public Policy, Hunt Blair, on September 1, 2015. Hunt was beloved by those who worked with him and the culture of creativity and teamwork that he modeled permeates our organization today. Bi-State owes a great debt to Hunt and will miss him dearly.
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