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Friday
May162014

NH Senate Passes Legislation to Fund Mental Health Settlement 

Includes language to increase settlement transparency & strengthen rainy day fund

 

Concord, NH - The State Senate today approved legislation to fund the metal health settlement entered into by the Attorney General’s office last year.  The bill authorizes approximately $9 million in new spending in this budget to expanding mental health service capacity in integrated community settings.  Funding for the legislation is authorized from funds not otherwise appropriated in the budget, and a Senate amendment allows funds obtained by the 1115 waiver currently under consideration to help offset the cost.

 

“It will be the responsibility of the Governor and the Department of Health and Human Services to manage the budget carefully to ensure the Department can continue to meet the lapse figures prescribed by the budget as well as the new spending required by the Attorney General’s settlement,” said Senate Finance Committee member Peter Bragdon, R-Milford. 

 

In addition, the bill also includes language previous agreed to by the Senate designed to increase legislative oversight of settlements entered into by the Attorney General’s Office.

 

“The need to authorize a significant level of new spending outside of the budget process again highlights the importance of increasing the level of communication between the Department of Justice and the legislature with regards to these settlements,” continued Sen. Bragdon.

 

Specifically, the Senate amendment requires the Attorney General to obtain Legislative Fiscal Committee approval before expending any settlement funds received, and to report to the Fiscal Committee on the nature of any settlements or judgments entered into on behalf of the state.  Additionally, the amendment requires that 10-percent of any settlements over $1 million dollars be deposited in the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

 

The legislation passed the Senate on a voice vote.

Thursday
May152014

NH Sen. Cataldo Statement on Margaret McCarthy’ s Narrow Network Hearing 

Concord, NH - Concord – Sen. Sam Cataldo, R-Farmington, issued the following statement today concerning Margaret McCarthy’s adjudicative hearing before the New Hampshire Insurance Department:

 

“In her hearing today, Ms. McCarthy is fighting for the thousands of New Hampshire residents who lost access to their doctors under ObamaCare and now must travel further to receive the care they used to be able to get in their communities. 

“Last year, when the Insurance Department announced the new narrow provider network under ObamaCare, patients across the state were rightly concerned.  In addition to the effects of the new restricted network, Granite Staters had no prior knowledge of the change or opportunities to voice their concerns.  Our government must be more accountable to its citizens. 

“That is why I introduced Senate Bill 340 earlier this year, which will require the Insurance Department to hold public information sessions and provide a comment period before approval of products to be sold on the health exchange.  In the future, this legislation will help to prevent the network blackouts that Ms. McCarthy is fighting against today by offering ample opportunity for public comment in order to ensure our insurance regulators understand full-well the implications of these decisions on our citizen’s health care.” 

NOTE: The Senate concurred with a House amendment to Senate Bill 340 on May 8, 2014.  The bill now moves to the Governor for her signature or veto.

 

Thursday
Apr102014

CEI Today: CEI sues EPA, Comcast/TWC merger draws conservative opposition, and new bill on genetically engineered food 

Thursday, April 10, 2014
In the News Today

CEI SUES EPA - CHRIS HORNER

CEI Sues EPA Over Stonewalling Records Request


The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a lawsuit today against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to compel the agency to produce text messages sent by government officials, as required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “This lawsuit challenges, yet another in a pattern of EPA, moves to block access to public records,” said CEI Senior Fellow Christopher Horner. > Read more

> Related: Administration’s Lack of Transparency Extends to States; The Independence Institute Reports New Findings


> Interview Chris Horner

COMCAST/TIME WARNER MERGER - WAYNE CREWS

Forbes: Why Organized Conservative Opposition To The Comcast Time Warner Deal Misfires


Left-wing commentators note how some on the political right “see the merger as a chance to score points against the Obama administration, which has close ties with top Comcast execs Brian Roberts and David Cohen.” The conservative anti-merger letter gives credence to the left-wing view that capitalism and economic freedom are inimical to civil society and the diffusion of ideas, when they are in fact the prerequisites.
 
> Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS - GREGORY CONKO

 

Openmarket.org: Pompeo-Butterfield Food Labeling Bill: Valuable But Needs Work


Wednesday, Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) introduced a bill to establish federal standards for the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

By explicitly preempting state labeling laws and making clear that FDA policy on GE food labeling is the law of the land, H.R. 4432 would serve an extremely valuable function.

Unfortunately, in order to attract support for this perfectly reasonable preemption measure, H.R. 4432 offers GE skeptics the enticement of increasing the FDA’s regulatory power.
> Read more

> Interview Gregory Conko


Consumer’s Guide to
Chemical Risk


CEI‘s recently released booklet, A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk: Deciphering the “Science” Behind Chemical Scares,” are tools designed reduce both the confusion and fear about chemicals. 
> Read more

CEI Podcast for April 9, 2014: A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk

 

    

 

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Saturday
Mar082014

NHDP - Former NHDP Chair Kathy Sullivan's Statement on the NH Supreme Court Decision

Concord -- Former New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Kathy Sullivan released the following statement on the State Supreme Court's decision this morning dismissing former Speaker Bill O'Brien's lawsuit against the New Hampshire Democratic Party and Chairman Ray Buckley.

"We are pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the lower court's dismissal of former Speaker O'Brien's lawsuit. The court found that Representative O'Brien failed to allege any injury whatsoever, and also did not find that the New Hampshire Democratic Party or Chairman Buckley violated the statute. It was a well reasoned decision by the Court."

Sunday
Feb232014

AFP - Left lawyers go after ObamaCare victim 

We all thought the ObamaCare debacle couldn't get more shameful.

We were wrong.

Liberals are actually sending their legal attack dogs to try muzzling innocent victims of the law-- all so they can hide their complicity in voting for ObamaCare.

Sign the petition and tell them they're wrong! Then read on for the unbelievable story.

This week, we began running a television ad statewide in Michigan telling the story of Julie Boonstra, a mother of two children engaged in a life or death struggle with leukemia who had her insurance cancelled because of ObamaCare. (Click here to see Julie's ad)
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At the moment when Julie and her family should have been focused on beating this disease, she instead found herself desperately trying to find coverage on the failed ObamaCare website and making calls to a government 800 telephone line.

Julie faced a life-threatening lapse in coverage because of ObamaCare. Under Julie's new plan, her monthly out-of-pocket expenses are extremely unpredictable and it's still not clear what medicines are covered.

Rep. Gary Peters, a Michigan congressman, helped put Julie in this position. He jeopardized her health with his vote. Did he apologize? Or, promise to repeal the law?

Hardly. Congressman Peters responded with a threatening cease-and-desist letter from his legal goon squad! Unbelievable.

Even for a liberal member of Congress, Gary Peters has stooped too low this time. We need signatures from all over the country to let the Left know we won't tolerate them going after sick folks who were told falsehoods by the President and harmed by ObamaCare. They've been through enough.

Thanks as always for your help with this. Together, we can let the Left know they won't get away with these tactics going forward.

Don't forget to click here to add your name to the petition.

Keep up the fight,
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Tim Phillips
President, Americans for Prosperity

P.S. Still upset? You can reach Congressman Peters' Detroit office at (313) 964-9960.

It took courage for Julie to stand up and tell her very personal story in a television ad. Now we've got to stand with this brave mother of two precious children when the Left is working to silence her in order to protect the politicians who brought up ObamaCare.