Press Releases

 

Thursday
Jun192008

DHHS Releases Results of Chronic Disease Studies

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Medicaid and Business Policy (OMBP) announce results of two studies of major chronic diseases: cardiovascular disease and circulatory disorders, and chronic respiratory disease. This is the first in-depth study of the diseases using both commercial and Medicaid health care claims data.

The studies, part of OMBP's Comprehensive Healthcare Information System (CHIS) project were developed to provide a detailed evaluation of the prevalence, utilization, and payments associated with chronic diseases. The studies revealed Medicaid recipients in both chronic disease categories had complex medical problems indicated by high rates of coexisting diseases and mental health disorders.

"The examination of health care claims data provides us with important insight into the treatment and cost of these major chronic diseases, both for the Medicaid program and the health care system as a whole," said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.

The study of cardiovascular disease and circulatory disorders included examining coronary artery disease, stroke and congestive heart failure. High blood pressure and cholesterol were also evaluated as potentially 'at risk' for cardiovascular diseases. The study demonstrated the diseases and disorders were much more prevalent in the NH Medicaid population than those who are commercially insured, and that those with cardiovascular diseases contributed significantly to utilization and costs.

The study of chronic respiratory diseases focused on asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. The results showed these diseases are also more prevalent among the NH Medicaid population than the commercial population, and that those with chronic respiratory diseases contribute significantly to utilization and costs.

"By conducting in-depth studies of these chronic diseases we can better understand the challenges the Medicaid program faces," said DHHS Medicaid Director Kathleen Dunn. "We can use this information to focus initiatives directed at improving access and coordination of care. The studies will also provide a baseline for evaluating our program efforts."

To see the study, visit the DHHS website:
http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/OMBP/LIBRARY.

Wednesday
Jun182008

Jarvis For Congress - Dave Jarvis Files for First Congressional District

Telecommunications Engineer and former candidate for Congress Dave Jarvis filed to run for the Republican nomination in the First District Congressional race late last Friday. Among his stated reasons for entering the race is his strong belief in the need for universal healthcare, his concern for stability in the Middle East, and to help combat the effects of fear on our economic and political landscape. His eleven years as an engineer in the competitive telecommunications field working for many industry leaders has proven his top level analytical skills and calm in high stress environments.

Dave’s previous run for congress in the 2006 Democratic Primary resulted in a bipartisan respect for his independent mindset and for his strong communication skills. Carol Shea-Porter’s victory over Jeb Bradley can in small part be attributed to Dave’s public appeal to conservatives and moderates for a change in Iraq War strategy and his strong support for Shea-Porter in the general elections helped force those ends. Having achieved his goal of arguing for a change in strategy and leadership at the Pentagon, Jarvis has turned to the Party where his convictions most closely fit, and he will bring the same ability, appeal, and energy to cultivating the public trust for Republicans in a currently cool political environment.

While many in the Republican Party adopt a “return to the fundamentals” approach, Dave believes more pragmatism is both what the public demands and what they need. “Regaining trust from our current electorate will require intellectual independence” Jarvis said Monday morning from his home in Hooksett, “and the conviction that no ideological barriers should impede our defense of the greatest principle we can abide by, people. Today the American people are nervous, frustrated, are losing their homes and jobs, and are plagued with fear. This is the time to think outside the box.”

“We face substantial burdens in the coming years,” Jarvis continued “Inflation is creating real pain at the gas pumps, the grocery stores, and in the job market. Asian inflation is a looming disaster and threatens our current interest rates and the integrity of both our stock market and our bond market. Therefore, American investments face the unthinkable threat of losing their long enjoyed reputation of soundness among international investors. At present our only answer has been to print money, and that is dangerous.”

“Fear is the biggest enemy today, and will continue to be for some time. Finding creative ways to alleviate the fears of consumers, the markets, and of politicians contemplating a dangerous return to protectionism is the most important goal of the next congress, and one that I am committed to today, tomorrow, and next year in Washington.”

The Jarvis campaign has plans to set up a preliminary website in the coming week and will be updating media with that information and also regarding changes in campaign structure, contact, and with more in-depth policy updates.

Wednesday
Jun182008

Horn for Congress - Salem Representative Endorses Jennifer Horn for Congress

NASHUA– In continuing with the trend of gaining new supporters daily, Jennifer Horn, Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, announced today that Salem area State Representative David Dalrymple has endorsed her.

State Representative David Dalrymple : “When Jennifer Horn spoke before the Salem Republican Town Committee, she electrified the room and made her message very clear. When she was speaking, there was concern and urgency in her voice. Being first, a citizen of New Hampshire and second, a state representative, Jennifer Horn is the person I want representing me in Congress.”

Jennifer Horn : “I am pleased to have the support of Salem Representative David Dalrymple. He understands that the tax and spend policies of Paul Hodes hurt every family in the 2nd District and is ready to stand with me to fight for what is right for our neighbors. With the help of Rep. Dalrymple and other good Granite Staters we are on our way to finally returning government to the hands of the peoplewhere it belongs.”

Representative David Dalrymple : State Representative David Dalrymple is currently serving his 1st term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He sits on the Transportation committee. Representative Dalrymple is a Veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from his job as an American Airlines pilot.

Wednesday
Jun182008

DSCC - Senator Sununu Votes Against Tax Breaks For NH

Opposes help for teachers, students, middle class

Forthe second time in a week, John Sununu voted against a package to extend thetuition tax credit, provide incentives for clean energy development, and extendthe research and development tax credit that helps American companies createnew jobs. The package Sununu voted against yet again also contained taxdeductions for teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies, whichcurrently affects over 20,000 New Hampshire teachers annually. The bill wouldhave extended these important tax cuts without putting American taxpayers deeper into debt by including offsets that rein in breaks for multinational corporations and hedge fund managers investing offshore. In addition, it wouldhave prevented nearly 27 million Americans from paying the alternative minimumtax, a tax originally designed to ensure that the 155 wealthiest taxpayers didnot abuse tax shelters but that will sweep in millions of middle class familiesif Congress does not act.

“John Sununu had a second chance today to ease the burden of struggling Granite Staters, but yet again chose to stick with the failed status quo,” DSCC spokesman Matthew Miller said. “Why John Sununu continues to put multinational corporations ahead of Granite Staters is anyone’s guess, but it’sclear that New Hampshire families who could have benefited from these vital taxbreaks will remember Sununu’s vote come November.”

KeyBill Provisions

  • Increases incentives for clean energy entrepreneurs by $18 billion to promote energy independence and create jobs.

awea.org/newsroom/pdf/Tax_Credit_Impact.pdf )

o Other incentivesinclude solar, biofuels, and energy efficiency of buildings.

  • Extends the tuition deduction, which makes college more affordable for over 4.4 million families, with an average tax cut of $1,120.
  • Expansion of the child tax credit to extend the $1000-per-child tax credit to reach an additional 2.9 million children.
  • Extension of the teacher expense deduction, which allows 3.4 million families of teachers a deduction for buying supplies for their classrooms.
  • Extension of the research and development tax credit, which helps American businesses innovate; over 27,000 businesses will take this credit in 2008, with Minnesota and Texas being among the states with the most companies utilizing this provision.

Offsets Thebill extends these important tax cuts without putting American taxpayers deeperinto debt by including two offsets:

  • Ends the deferral of offshore income for hedge fund managers – require hedge fund managers who are paid by entities based in offshore tax havens to pay taxes on that income when it is earned, rather than delaying tax payments.
  • Delays implementation of a new tax break for multinationals – the worldwide allocation of interest provision enacted in 2004 and slated to take effect in 2009 would be delayed, leaving businesses in the same position as today.
Wednesday
Jun182008

SEIA Statement on Senate Transmission Hearing

 
STATEMENT BY RHONE RESCH ON THE SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE’S HEARING TO EXAMINE THE CHALLENGES AND REGIONAL SOLUTIONS TO DEVELOPING TRANSMISSION FOR RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY RESOURCES

“I commend Chairman Bingaman and the committee for convening today’s hearing on transmission for renewable electricity resources. Access to the transmission grid is vital to bringing new utility-scale solar projects online. Many of the best sites for developing renewable energy generation are in remote areas, far from where the electricity will be consumed, or in places that the existing transmission grid does not reach.

“One particular area of interest is the desert southwest, where world-class solar resources are found. However, the Department of Energy has identified that area – from Southern California east into Arizona – as one of the most congested regions in the country.[1] 

“Senator Reid has introduced legislation that would create ‘national renewable energy zones’ and would provide a backstop mechanism for federal funding of transmission lines built to access renewable generation.[2] 

“We need more of this kind of creative thinking, at the state, regional, and federal levels to overcome the challenge of building new transmission to solar-rich areas. Solar energy will be a significant part of any solution to cut our country’s carbon emissions and a shift to a clean energy future. We need investment in the transmission grid infrastructure now to guarantee that solar projects are developed and that clean, carbon-free electricity can be delivered to consumers across the nation.”