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Local man snared by Obamacare

LACONIA — While champions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) challenged the veracity of television ads that featured individuals claiming to have suffered from the law, a local man dared anyone, including Harry Reid, the leader of the Democratic majority in the United States Senate, to question how the act jeopardized his health and finances.

Tom Garrity has suffered from an aggressive type of lymphoma for the past eight years. He has been treated by physicians at at the Dana Farber Cancer Instutute and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where he has undergone two bone marrow transplants and more than 50 rounds chemotherapy. He stressed that the care and treatment he has received is not offered by a provider in New Hampshire.

Garrity's wife, as the sole proprietor of a property business, was able to purchase health insurance in the small group market and carry her husband on a one-life group plan offered by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. However, the Affordable Care Act did away with one-life group plans, overriding state laws that permitted them. Garrity said that in February he received a notice from Anthem informing him that his policy was being discontinued and advising him to seek coverage on the New Hampshire Health Insurance Marketplace, or "exchange," established by the ACA.

Anthem is the sole carrier offering plans on the exchange. Garrity said that he reviewed all the plans offered on the exchange only to find that none included the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in their provider networks. He said that he appealed to representatives of Anthem, citing the principle of "continuity of care," which because of his longstanding relationship with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute would afford him coverage for a provider outside the network. But, he was told since his policy had been discontinued, the principle did not apply.

Garrity said that he turned to an insurance broker who found a plan with Aetna Helath Insurance that covered his treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He said that the costs were comparable to his original policy with Anthem, with lower deductibles and marginally higher premiums and co-pays. But, he stressed that the experience consumed a great deal of time and caused a great deal of anxiety.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:37

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Conn. man arrested for stealing Rolexes in Laconia

LACONIA — City police, working with police from Fairfield and Newtown, Conn., have arrested the man who allegedly used a fraudulent check to steal three Rolex watches from Sawyers Jewelry.

Sgt. Thomas Swett said Shane Fusco, 38, of 5 Nelson Lane, Newtown, Conn., is being held on a fugitive from justice warrant after being stopped during a traffic stop in Newtown yesterday.

He faces charges in Laconia for theft by deception and forgery, both felonies.

Police said that Fusco allegedly went into Sawyers on Feb. 27 and used a phony bank check to buy three Rolex watches worth a total of $35,500. Police said the watches have been recovered.

Police said Sawyers followed all their internal policies. However, they learned that the check was a very good forgery. Sawyers notified police of the situation on March 4.

Fusco is scheduled to appear in court in Danbury, Conn., on March 24, 2014.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:11

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Tilton man faces additional charges from March 11 DWI stop in Gilford

LACONIA – A Tilton man was charged yesterday with assaulting a Gilford police officer during an incident at the Lakes Region General Hospital that happened after the man was taken there following a traffic stop on the Gilford Avenue.

According to documents obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Dana Hadlock, 45, of 846 Laconia Road, wads stopped by police for suspicion of drunk driving at 8:16 p.m. on March 11.

During the stop, police alleged Hadlock, who ended up being charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, subsequent offense, resisted detention by kicking, fighting and pulling away from police.

He complained of an injury and was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital.

While at the hospital, police said they were restraining Hadlock because he was allegedly a danger to those around him. At one point, one of the officers said Hadlock grabbed his hand and began to crush it, injuring the officer's hand.

Hadlock was stopped from crushing the officer's hand when a second Gilford officer zapped him twice with his Taser.

He faces an additional count of simple assault.


Last Updated on Saturday, 22 March 2014 01:27

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Jewett Brook project gains federal grant funding

LACONIA — The Department of Public Works will seek authorization from the City Council when it meets Monday evening to undertake the first phase of the Jewett Brook Watershed Management Plan with a matching grant from the federal government.

Following the flooding of Normandin Square in 2006 and 2007, Luke Powell, assistant director of public works, began seeking funding for to address the situation. A study of the brook and its watershed was completed in 2011 and Dubois & King Inc., consulting engineers, prepared recommendations to lessen the risk of flooding at Normandin Square.

Jewett Brook starts in Gilford and stretches for about five miles. Less than a mile of the stream flows through the city. Near the northern entrance to the Lakes Business Park on Gilford Avenue, the main stem of the brook is joined by a major tributary that originates to the northeast, on the north side of Route 11A about halfway between the bypass and Hoyt Road. From there the brook runs westward, roughly parallel to Gilford Avenue, skirts Tardif Park and runs under Highland Street and Union Avenue before passing under the Normandin Square Apartments and Davis Place from where it empties into the Winnipesaukee River some 250 yards above the Avery Dam.

High levels of sedimentation beneath Union Avenue, Normandin Square Apartments and David Place have diminished the capacity of the brook and contributed to the recurrent flooding at Busy Corner. However, Powell said that the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) is unwilling to permit dredging until the city has taken measures to reduce erosion and sedimentation upstream of the Union Avenue bridge by restoring the brook's access to its floodplain, which has been obstructed by walls along its bank.

Powell said that the $40,000 grant, awarded under the Clean Water Act, would meet about 51 percent of the cost of removing the barriers, regrading the floodplain and planting vegetative buffers to restore the floodplain. The city would match the grant, primarily with in-kind engineering and construction services worth $38,590, to complete the $78,590 budget for the project. Powell expected the project could be designed this year and completed in 2015.

The next step, Powell explained, will be to seek permission from DES to dredge beneath the bridges at Union Avenue and Davis Place as well as alongside and underneath the Normandin Square Apartments. He said that a partial dredge, creating a channel 10 feet wide and 6 inches deep, would increase the capacity of the brook at the Union Avenue bridge by about 70 percent, which would reduce the level and frequency of flooding.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 March 2014 12:59

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