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. 

NH Behavioral Health Summit

From Crisis to Solutions

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel


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.
The New Hampshire Behavioral Health Summit will move the conversation from acknowledgment of the statewide mental health and substance abuse crisis to the development of solutions. The two-day summit will bring leaders in behavioral health care together with elected state and federal officials to review and discuss these critical issues. 


Bi-State Urges Elected Officials to Act on the Opioid Epidemic


CONCORD, NH – Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 -- Our state faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic; which unfortunately, affects every individual, family and business in New Hampshire. Bi-States urges our elected officials to address the opioid crisis. We ask for a thoughtful approach that incorporates the invaluable experience of the provider community and addresses this public health matter on all fronts: in particular, the integration of primary care and behavioral health services, and long-term recovery supports and services. These services are critical to preventing addiction to heroin and the misuse of prescription opioids. 
“Community Health Centers, like many primary care providers, are currently experiencing a greater demand for substance use services. Health Centers strive to integrate primary and behavioral health services, however, the state needs to increase funding and support for a comprehensive range of community-based substance use services that include prevention, intervention and treatment,” said Tess Stack Kuenning, president and CEO of Bi-State Primary Care Association. "We look forward to working with elected officials, state agencies, advocacy groups, and the provider community to develop solutions to these challenges."  

NH Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Day November 7

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.




CMS Selects Bi-State to Continue Outreach and Enrollment Assistance


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.” 


NH and VT Health Centers Recognized for Health Care Quality


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.


Working for Quality - The National Quality Strategy    

New Hampshire and Vermont Awards 


 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 

New Hampshire and Vermont Awards 

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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