- Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern -
MANCHESTER - Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern (D, NH) hopes to climb the political ladder. However, as seen in a new video released by Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, every Granite Stater should be concerned about his admittedly weak understanding one of the most important issues impacting the lives of every citizen in our state.
While recently discussing healthcare at a public event in Keene, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire shockingly caught Councilor Van Ostern saying, "if you lined up everyone against the wall in the room based on how much they knew about healthcare, and how it's affecting our state, I fear that I would be on the shorter end of it."
Click HERE to watch the video.
Despite his admitted lack of understanding of healthcare-related issues, Councilor Van Ostern has repeatedly highlighted his votes, and positions on the issue, throughout his two terms in Concord. As seen on his own website, Van Ostern proudly stated that he was the one to "cast the deciding vote" to implement Medicaid Expansion. He then stated that he "led the fight" to restore funding to Planned Parenthood.
Van Ostern also penned an opinion piece criticizing those individuals who opposed taxpayer funding for an embattled Planned Parenthood earlier this year.
Derek Dufresne of Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire released the following statement;
"Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern's admission that he has an inferior understanding of how healthcare affects New Hampshire should be extremely concerning to his constituents in Council District Two. The fact that he actually believes someone with his substandard familiarity is qualified to lead our state should be incredibly frighting to every Granite Stater.
"Councilor Van Ostern has frequently trumpeted his self-proclaimed 'deciding vote' for Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion. He has used divisive rhetoric during debates over women's healthcare to endear himself with liberal extremists for years. Now that we know how little he truly understands, how seriously can anyone take anything he says about one of the most important issues impacting the lives of every single New Hampshire resident?"
Oct. 8, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the running for Speaker of the House of Representatives:
"The shocking decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to leave the race for Speaker opens up the process to a full and complete discussion of the proper role of the House of Representatives. Whoever steps into the running and ultimately becomes the new Speaker must move to restore the separation of powers between the branches of government. An effective Speaker will unite House Republicans through a revival of the House's constitutional prerogatives, including Article I the power of the purse, to stop President Obama's regulatory onslaught against the U.S. economy and freedom."
"GOP leadership election brings power of purse to forefront," By Rick Manning, Americans for Limited Government, The Hill, Oct. 1, 2015 at http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/lawmaker-news/255629-gop-leadership-election-brings-power-of-purse-to-forefront
Americans for Limited Government is a non-partisan, nationwide network committed to advancing free market reforms, private property rights and core American liberties. For more information on ALG please visit our website at www.GetLiberty.org.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced
today that beginning November 1, 2015, Medicaid recipients who could
initially opt out of Medicaid Care Management (MCM) will be required to
enroll in the program and will receive their medical care through a Managed
Care Organization (MCO) health plan, with coverage beginning February 1,
The Medicaid Care Management program is being implemented in incremental
steps. Step 1 of the program began on December 1, 2013 and included the
enrollment of 90 percent of the Medicaid population into the care
management program for their medical care, while others were allowed to
remain in the fee-for-service program. Now, most of the remaining Medicaid
population in the fee-for-service program will be required to enroll,
benefitting from health plan services that afford improved care
coordination and wellness programs.
“The Department recognizes and acknowledges the complex needs of people now
enrolling in an MCO health plan for their medical care,” said DHHS
Commissioner Nick Toumpas. “We are committed to ensuring that appropriate
planning has occurred for this transition and will proactively support
these people during the enrollment process.”
Individuals required to enroll in MCM will receive letters from DHHS
informing them about the enrollment process and selecting the health plan
that is best for the client and their family. The remaining enrollment
population includes: Children in Foster Care, Medicare Dual Eligibles
(people who have both Medicare and Medicaid), Home Care for Children with
Severe Disabilities (aka Katie Beckett Medicaid), Children with special
health care needs enrolled in Special Medical Services/Partners in Health
and Children with Supplemental Security Income.
In preparation for the transition of individuals with complex needs into
MCM, DHHS has conducted frequent and widespread stakeholder engagement
meetings across the State with current MCM enrollees, clients who will be
required to enroll in MCM, and providers who serve these clients. DHHS held
meetings from July-November 2014, to obtain input on best practices for
integration of Step 2 populations and services into the MCM program. DHHS
and the MCOs conducted provider and client informational sessions across
the State from July-August 2015. Focus group meetings with individuals with
complex needs currently in MCM were conducted in June and August 2015 and
information sessions to solicit input from providers on the kinds of
support needed to assist individuals with enrollment in MCM were held in
August and September.
Future phases of Step 2 will include the integration of Long Term Supports
and Services (LTSS) such as Choices for Independence (CFI) Services;
Nursing Facility Services; and Developmental Disability (DD), Acquired
Brain Disorder (ABD) and In-Home Support (IHS) services into the Medicaid
Care Management program.