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Friday
Aug222014

NHDP - FACTCHECK: Brown Would Force New Hampshire Seniors to Pay More 

While Brown Wages False Attacks, He Plans to Endanger Medicare, Reopen Donut Hole, Reverse $40 Million in Drug Savings for Seniors
 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would hurt New Hampshire seniors benefitting from the closing of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole, and the $40 million in overall drug savings for seniors. By voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Brown also would also reverse the progress made to increase the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund for an additional 1​3 years.


Meanwhile, Scott Brown and the NHGOP are launching attacks that have been repeatedly fact checked as being completely false, proving Brown is not to be trusted by Granite State seniors.

 
“This much is clear: Scott Brown would force New Hampshire seniors to pay more so the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies could increase profits,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.  “Scott Brown would endanger the Medicare Trust Fund, reopen the donut hole, and ​leave New Hampshire seniors, with higher bills. Granite State seniors can’t afford to pay more for their prescriptions, and they can’t afford Scott Brown."
 
Since 2010, seniors have saved more than $40 million on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In just the first six months of 2014, the average savings per Medicare beneficiary in the donut hole ​was $800. The ACA also is also closing the Medicare Part D “donut hole” by increasing coverage gradually and saving seniors more money each year until the gap in coverage is completely closed in 2020.
 
“Scott Brown is on the side of big insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies. He votes for their interests and they give him hundreds of thousands of dollars — nearly half a million dollars from the drug companies alone — to pay for his campaigns. New Hampshire seniors need a Senator who’s going to protect their interests, not the big corporations,” said McClain. 

 

Fact: Brown’s Claim That Shaheen Voted To Cut Medicare Is Simply False

 
PolitFact: Health Care Did Not “Cut A Dollar Amount From The Medicare Program’s Budget.” “First things first: Neither Obama nor his health care law literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, the health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program.” [PolitiFact8/12/12]
 
Factcheck.org: Healthcare Law “Stipulates That Guaranteed Medicare Benefits Won't Be Reduced, And It Adds Some New Benefits.” In June 2012, Factcheck.org wrote that the health care law “stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” They continued: ‘As we have written many times, the law does not slash the current Medicare budget by $500 billion. Rather, that's a $500 billion reduction in the future growth of Medicare over 10 years, or about a 7 percent reduction in growth over the decade. In other words, Medicare spending would continue to rise, just not as much. The law stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” [Factcheck.org, 6/28/12]
 


Fact: Scott Brown Voted For Republican Spending Plan Opposed By AARP Because It Would Force Steep Cuts To Medicare & Social Security

 
July 2011: Brown Voted For Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Bill That Would Force Deep Cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  [Vote 116, 7/22/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]
 
·       Boston Herald:  Cut, Cap and Balance “Would Have Required Cuts Into Programs Such as Medicare and Social Security.” [The Boston Herald, 7/23/11]
 
·       AARP Opposed Cut, Cap and Balance Because It Did Not Shield Social Security and Medicare From “Arbitrary Reductions.”  [AARP Letter, 7/21/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would End the Medicare Guarantee and Slash Services While Giving a Tax Break for the Wealthy. “The balanced budget constitutional amendment (H. J. Res. 1) recently approved by the Judiciary Committee is a masquerade designed to foster the policy choices of the Republican budget: to end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and slash vital services while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.  This balanced budget amendment would have dire consequences on the economy, on Medicare and other government guarantees to our citizens, and on Congress’s ability to respond to changing needs.” [Democratic House Committee on the Budget, 6/27/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would Require More Extreme Cuts Than Ryan Budget Plan; Any Budget Passed Under Reagan Would Violate its Structures. “The constitutional balanced budget amendment that the House Judiciary Committee began considering June 2 and is expected to pass next week, is a highly ideological measure that would force Congress to enact the Republican Study Committee’s extreme budget plan or something similar to it. Even the House-passed budget plan of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would not pass muster under the proposal; the more draconian Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget or a close equivalent would be required.” According to the Washington Post, “The 18 percent cap on spending is so severe that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s economic plan would violate its strictures.  So would any budget passed under President Ronald Reagan.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/6/11]

 

Fact: The ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years & New Hampshire Seniors Are Saving On Prescription Drugs & Gained Access To Free Preventive Care Because Of The Law

 
ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years, Through 2030. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/4/14]
 
Seniors In New Hampshire Have Saved $40,381,080 On Prescription Drugs Since 2010. [Department of Health & Human Services, 7/29/14
 
·       15,535 NH Medicare Recipients Had Saved Over $13M On Prescription Drugs In 2013 Because Of The ACA, Average Savings Was $843.  [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
ACA Would Continue To Close Donut Hole Until It Is Completely Closed, Saving Seniors Even More Money. [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
More That 150k Granite State Medicare Enrollees Received Free Preventive Health Services. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

 

Fact: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Is At An All Time High & Premiums Are Down Nearly 10% Since The ACA Became Law

 
Since The Affordable Care Act Became Law, Enrollment In Medicare Advantage Has Increased More Than 30% And Premiums Have Decreased 9.8%. CBO projects that Medicare Advantage enrollment will continue to grow for the next decade. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]
 
·       More Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Than Ever Before. Enrollment increased by nearly 10% from 2012 to 2013, as the program added more than 1 million seniors. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]

  While Brown Wages False Attacks, He Plans to Endanger Medicare, Reopen Donut Hole, Reverse $40 Million in Drug Savings for Seniors
 

Manchester, NH—Scott Brown’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, would hurt New Hampshire seniors benefitting from the closing of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole, and the $40 million in overall drug savings for seniors. By voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Brown also would also reverse the progress made to increase the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund for an additional 1​3 years.


Meanwhile, Scott Brown and the NHGOP are launching attacks that have been repeatedly fact checked as being completely false, proving Brown is not to be trusted by Granite State seniors.

 
“This much is clear: Scott Brown would force New Hampshire seniors to pay more so the big insurance and pharmaceutical companies could increase profits,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain.  “Scott Brown would endanger the Medicare Trust Fund, reopen the donut hole, and ​leave New Hampshire seniors, with higher bills. Granite State seniors can’t afford to pay more for their prescriptions, and they can’t afford Scott Brown."
 
Since 2010, seniors have saved more than $40 million on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In just the first six months of 2014, the average savings per Medicare beneficiary in the donut hole ​was $800. The ACA also is also closing the Medicare Part D “donut hole” by increasing coverage gradually and saving seniors more money each year until the gap in coverage is completely closed in 2020.
 
“Scott Brown is on the side of big insurance companies and big pharmaceutical companies. He votes for their interests and they give him hundreds of thousands of dollars — nearly half a million dollars from the drug companies alone — to pay for his campaigns. New Hampshire seniors need a Senator who’s going to protect their interests, not the big corporations,” said McClain. 

 

Fact: Brown’s Claim That Shaheen Voted To Cut Medicare Is Simply False

 
PolitFact: Health Care Did Not “Cut A Dollar Amount From The Medicare Program’s Budget.” “First things first: Neither Obama nor his health care law literally cut a dollar amount from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, the health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program.” [PolitiFact8/12/12]
 
Factcheck.org: Healthcare Law “Stipulates That Guaranteed Medicare Benefits Won't Be Reduced, And It Adds Some New Benefits.” In June 2012, Factcheck.org wrote that the health care law “stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” They continued: ‘As we have written many times, the law does not slash the current Medicare budget by $500 billion. Rather, that's a $500 billion reduction in the future growth of Medicare over 10 years, or about a 7 percent reduction in growth over the decade. In other words, Medicare spending would continue to rise, just not as much. The law stipulates that guaranteed Medicare benefits won't be reduced, and it adds some new benefits, such as improved coverage for pharmaceuticals.” [Factcheck.org, 6/28/12]
 


Fact: Scott Brown Voted For Republican Spending Plan Opposed By AARP Because It Would Force Steep Cuts To Medicare & Social Security

 
July 2011: Brown Voted For Cut, Cap, and Kill Medicare Bill That Would Force Deep Cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  [Vote 116, 7/22/11; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]
 
·       Boston Herald:  Cut, Cap and Balance “Would Have Required Cuts Into Programs Such as Medicare and Social Security.” [The Boston Herald, 7/23/11]
 
·       AARP Opposed Cut, Cap and Balance Because It Did Not Shield Social Security and Medicare From “Arbitrary Reductions.”  [AARP Letter, 7/21/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would End the Medicare Guarantee and Slash Services While Giving a Tax Break for the Wealthy. “The balanced budget constitutional amendment (H. J. Res. 1) recently approved by the Judiciary Committee is a masquerade designed to foster the policy choices of the Republican budget: to end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and slash vital services while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.  This balanced budget amendment would have dire consequences on the economy, on Medicare and other government guarantees to our citizens, and on Congress’s ability to respond to changing needs.” [Democratic House Committee on the Budget, 6/27/11]
 
·       Cut, Cap, & Balance Would Require More Extreme Cuts Than Ryan Budget Plan; Any Budget Passed Under Reagan Would Violate its Structures. “The constitutional balanced budget amendment that the House Judiciary Committee began considering June 2 and is expected to pass next week, is a highly ideological measure that would force Congress to enact the Republican Study Committee’s extreme budget plan or something similar to it. Even the House-passed budget plan of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan would not pass muster under the proposal; the more draconian Republican Study Committee (RSC) budget or a close equivalent would be required.” According to the Washington Post, “The 18 percent cap on spending is so severe that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s economic plan would violate its strictures.  So would any budget passed under President Ronald Reagan.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 6/6/11]

 

Fact: The ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years & New Hampshire Seniors Are Saving On Prescription Drugs & Gained Access To Free Preventive Care Because Of The Law

 
ACA Helped Improve Medicare’s Solvency By 13 Years, Through 2030. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 8/4/14]
 
Seniors In New Hampshire Have Saved $40,381,080 On Prescription Drugs Since 2010. [Department of Health & Human Services, 7/29/14
 
·       15,535 NH Medicare Recipients Had Saved Over $13M On Prescription Drugs In 2013 Because Of The ACA, Average Savings Was $843.  [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
ACA Would Continue To Close Donut Hole Until It Is Completely Closed, Saving Seniors Even More Money. [Department of Health and Human Services, 6/2/14]
 
More That 150k Granite State Medicare Enrollees Received Free Preventive Health Services. [Department of Health and Human Services, 8/1/13]

 

Fact: Medicare Advantage Enrollment Is At An All Time High & Premiums Are Down Nearly 10% Since The ACA Became Law

 
Since The Affordable Care Act Became Law, Enrollment In Medicare Advantage Has Increased More Than 30% And Premiums Have Decreased 9.8%. CBO projects that Medicare Advantage enrollment will continue to grow for the next decade. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]
 
·       More Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Than Ever Before. Enrollment increased by nearly 10% from 2012 to 2013, as the program added more than 1 million seniors. [Kaiser Family Foundation, 6/6/13; HHS, 9/19/13; CBO, 5/4/13]

 

Friday
Aug222014

FASD AWARENESS Event 

nofasnh.org

GOVERNOR HASSAN PROCLAIMS FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS AWARENESS DAY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

 

Concord, NH - International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day is recognized world-wide on September 9th each year. In a Proclamation presented in Concord on September 9, 2014, Governor Maggie Hassan pledges to partner with organizations, healthcare professionals, educators and the public to choose alcohol-free pregnancy to reduce risks of FASD or other alcohol related neuro-developmental problems.

 

The New Hampshire Affiliate (NOFAS NH) of the National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders has joinied the effort to increase awareness of the risks of

consuming alcohol while pregnant.  The US Surgeon General advises pregnant women and women considering becoming pregnant to abstain from alcohol consumption to eliminate alcohol-exposed pregnancies, yet it is estimated that 40,000 babies are born each year with FASDs, which describe a range of effects that can happen to a fetus when a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy.

 

Local recognition of FASD Awareness Day is scheduled for Tuesday September 9, 2014, at the Fox Memorial Chapel, State Office Building, 105 Pleasant St., Concord at a reception from 4pm-7pm.  In addition to the Governor's Proclamation the event will feature special recognition of Joyce Jorgenson, founder and original Executive Director of NOFAS NH. Mrs. Jorgenson has also been selected  to receive the Angels in Adoption Award which will be awarded on September 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The celebration will include multi- disciplinary resource information, film segments and literature.

 

NOFAS NH Board members include representatives from Dartmouth Hospital, Department of Health and Human Services,New Futures, NH Providers Association, Child and Family

Services of NH, and related organizations.   For more information or to attend the event, contact info@nofasnh.com

 

 

10 Ferry St, Suite 308 Concord NH  03301

Friday
Aug222014

NH DHHS - Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Give Third Annual Immunization Champion Award

Concord, NH - The Immunization Program in the Division of Public Health

Services at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) celebrates the third New Hampshire Childhood Immunization Champion,

Dr. Everett Lamm. He is a pediatrician at Core Pediatrics in Exeter, New

Hampshire.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization

Champion Award is an annual award given jointly by the CDC Foundation and

CDC to recognize individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above

and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their

communities.



Dr. Lamm is a respected pediatrician and vaccine advocate who has worked

tirelessly to immunize his patients and spread the word about the

importance of vaccinations. Dr. Lamm is a sought after speaker who has been

educating parents, educators and healthcare providers through conferences,

community forums and panels for years. He also serves on the New Hampshire

Immunization Advisory Committee and the New Hampshire Vaccine Association.

He is always working to dispel fear and misunderstanding about vaccines to

parents, grandparents, teachers, aunts, uncles, and caregivers.



“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award as New Hampshire leads

the nation in immunizing children.” said Lamm, “My colleagues and I work

hard to immunize all of our patients to reduce their risks of getting

disease. Talking with families about vaccines is always time well spent.”



“It is dedicated physicians such as Dr. Lamm on the front lines of patient

health who make New Hampshire’s state-wide immunization program a success,”

said Dr. José Montero, Public Health Director at DHHS. “We are grateful for

his creative thinking and willingness to be a role model and spokesperson.

His hard work and dedication are a tremendous asset to the greater Exeter

region and the State.”





For more information about the Childhood Immunization Champion Award, go to

www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/champions/index.html. For more information

about immunizations in New Hampshire, contact the DHHS Immunization Program

at 603-271-4482 or visit the DHHS website at

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm




L to R in photo: Marcella Bobinsky, NH DHHS Immunization Section Chief; Dr.

Everett Lamm, Pediatrician, Core Pediatrics Exeter; Dr. Jose Montero, NH

Public Health Director

Friday
Aug222014

BostonGlobe.com Political Headlines - August 21, 2014 

The Boston Globe

 

 

 

 

Here are the top political headlines from BostonGlobe.com today:

     
  • Galvin to launch inquiry into lobbyist: Secretary of State William Galvin criticized Attorney General Martha Coakley’s handling of a case involving a prominent lobbyist. David Scharfenberg details the story.
   
Friday
Aug222014

Brown For US Senate - OBAMACARE'S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON MEDICARE 

Jeanne Shaheen’s Obamacare Vote Jeopardizes New Hampshire Seniors

 

Medicare Advantage Cuts: New Hampshire is among the states with the highest Medicare Advantage enrollees in New England. Approximately 15,000 Granite State seniors participate in Medicare Advantage, a type of private supplemental health insurance that pays for Medicare hospital inpatient and outpatient services. 
 
  • In 2015 Medicare rates are expected to be cut by 3.55 percent. (Alex Wayne and Caroline Chen, “Humana, UnitedHealth Face About 3.6% Advantage Rate Cuts,” Bloomberg, 2/21/14)
  • Obamacare cuts nearly three-quarters of a trillion dollars ($716 billion) out of Medicare, particularly targeting Medicare Advantage, a program New Hampshire seniors know and rely upon. (Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12)
  • At least one major Medicare Advantage provider in in New Hampshire announced they would drop Medicare Advantage plans. (Robert Weisman, “Harvard Pilgrim Cancels Medicare Advantage Plan,” The Boston Globe, 9/28/10)
  • Nearly 7,600 Medicare Advantage patients in New Hampshire received notice that their Medicare Advantage plans would be cut. (Julie Hanson, “Medicare Questions Keep on Coming,” The Union Leader, 11/9/11)
Cuts to Home Health Services: In New Hampshire and across the country, nearly 3.5 million seniors rely on home health care services. 
  • Obamacare cuts 14 percent—nearly $22 billion—from Medicare home health care over four years. (Dan Weber, “Medicare Cuts Home Health Care for Millions of Seniors,” The Washington Times, 2/28/14) 
Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): Obamacare created the IPAB, an independent unelected board of 15 bureaucrats, tasked with making arbitrary cuts to Medicare
  •  Congress can only overturn IPAB decisions by a three-fifths supermajority vote in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. 

Senator Shaheen’s Record

Shaheen Voted for Medicare Cuts: Senator Shaheen was the deciding vote to ensure the passage of Obamacare, which cut $716 billion from Medicare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Shaheen Voted Yea)

Shaheen Opposed Amendments to Prevent Medicare Cuts: 
 
  • 2010: Shaheen voted against an amendment to prevent Medicare Advantage cuts. (H.R. 4872, Roll Call Vote #72: Motion To Table Agreed To 56-42, 3/24/10, Shaheen Voted Yea)
  • 2009: Shaheen voted no on a measure to allow Medicare Advantage enrollees to retain existing benefits. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #370: Rejected 42-57, 12/8/09, Shaheen Voted Nay) 
  • 2009: Shaheen voted against an amendment to prevent Medicare Cuts, including Medicare Advantage cuts. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #358: Motion Rejected 42-58, 12/3/09, Shaheen Voted Nay)