Category Archive: Advocacy/Policy

Seacoaston-line.com: ACA addresses pre-existing conditions for those under 19

By Michael McCord news@seacoastonline.com In September 2010, one of the lesser-known provisions of the Affordable Care Act went into effect. For the first time across the country, health insurers were denied the underwriting ability to deny or limit coverage to children under age 19 with so-called pre-existing conditions such as asthma, diabetes, autism and cancer. …

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A Simple change in the law can bring smiles

By Jeff Woodburn “The worst case,” Penny McKinnon starts, her words drawing me closer and piquing my interest. As a School Nurse at Littleton’s Lakeway Elementary School, she sees a lot and it’s not all good. “A student’s teeth were so bad that he couldn’t eat,” she said, “he lost a lot of weight.” Hard …

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Poor oral health is leads to big problems, few opportunities

By Jeff Woodburn “The worse case,” Penny McKinnon starts, her words drawing me closer and peaking my interest.  As a School Nurse at Littleton’s Lakeway Elementary School, she sees a lot and it’s not all good. “A student’s teeth were so bad that he couldn’t eat,” she said, “he lost a lot of weight.” Hard …

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Baseball Star Sam Fuld to lead Childhood Chronic Health Conditions Awareness Week

CONCORD – Major League Baseball star Sam Fuld will serve as the honorary chairman of the Childhood Chronic Health Conditions Awareness week. Fuld, a Tampa Bay Ray’s outfielder and New Hampshire native, has had diabetes since childhood. The week is an annual celebration of “amazing young people who overcome serious health issues,” said Jeff Woodburn, …

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Burton to meet families of children with chronic health conditons

 WEST LEBANON – Executive Councilor Ray Burton and other state elected officials will meet on Thursday, November 16 with families of children with chronic health conditions to discuss the unique needs of this population.  The meeting is open to the public and will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Kilton Library, 80 Main Street, West …

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Do you know an amazing kid?

  Do you know an amazing kid? Tell us about them. The Council for Children with Chronic Health Conditions wants to recognize and honor a few young people who have a chronic health condition and inspire you with their dogged resiliency, cheerful optimism and determination to live normal lives. Please help us by nominating the young …

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Gorham’s Lemoine advocating for heart disease screening for newborns

 By Jeff Woodburn GORHAM – A local woman who nearly lost her son to congenital heart disease is leading an effort to institute early detection screening of newborn infants.  Jennifer Lemoine, of Gorham, wants all babies to have a pulse oximetry test — a simple, non-evasive blood oxygen test – before the mother and her …

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Childhood Chronic Health Conditions Awareness November 13-19

 CONCORD – The state Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions is seeking nominations for the annual “Champion Among Children” awards.  The annual awards honor several children and teen-agers that despite having a chronic health condition live courageous, meaningful lives and demonstrate concern for others “living with serious health issues”. The recipients will …

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WMUR: Event will raise money families coping with childhood cancer

SALEM, N.H. — A run and fun walk is being held this month in Salem to raise money to help families dealing with childhood cancer. The Childhood Cancer Lifeline 5K Run/Walk will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the Salem Margaritas Mexican restaurant on 1 Keewaydin Drive. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. …

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Jessica Smith appointed to State Council for Children with Chronic Conditions

Jessica Smith, center, is welcomed as a new member of the Council for Children with Chronic Health Conditions. She is joined by (from the left) the Council’s Executive Director Jeff Woodburn, Governor John Lynch, Joyce Bernier, Lancaster area coordinator for Partners In Health and (center) Smith’s daughter, Hannah.    CONCORD – Jessica Smith, of Lancaster, was recently appointed …

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