To The Daily Sun,
In reference to the recent letter titled, "It seems to me that Obamacare is declaring war on women," nothing could be further from the truth. Quoting from the National Women's Law Center: "All new and nongrandfathered private health insurance plans must cover, without cost sharing, mammograms every two years for women over 40, cervical cancer screenings every three years, contraceptive methods and counseling, screening for gestational diabetes, well woman visits, breastfeeding support, screening for HIV, DNA testing for high risk strains of HPV, counseling regarding sexually transmitted infections, prenatal screenings and visits, diabetes and blood pressure screening, depression screening for adolescents and adults, smoking cessation programs as well as a range of vaccinations important to women such as flu, HPV, hepatitis."
Under Obamacares, as I like to call it, gender can no longer be a factor in setting premiums which had led to previous rate discrepancies of as high as 10 times. Increased access to preventative care and screening will help reduce more serious and costly health issues.
In addition, Obamacares ends the use of lifetime dollar limits on health insurance claims and already over 200,000 N.H. women have benefitted from this provision.
Never let facts get in the way of fearmongering, Mr. Knytych. It is much easier to attack an intelligent, fair minded community member like Kate Miller who actually takes the time to research her articles out of respect for the reading public.
Kay M. Anderson
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:34
To The Daily Sun,
It is unfortunate that folks are having trouble using the website www.healthcare.gov to enroll in Obamacare (ACA), because those affected most are 47 million fellow Americans who really need affordable insurance. Adults whose employers don't offer medical insurance or with pre-existing conditions, young adults over the age of 26 no longer eligible for parental insurance, those with high-deductible policies — these are our friends, neighbors or family members. They really need and want Obamacare.
The positive news is that there are other options to get Obamacare besides enrolling on the healthcare.gov website. Here are a few suggestions:
— Call 1 (800) 318-2546 or click on the "Apply by Phone" button on the website;
— Try another website for information: http://www.getcoveredamerica.org/calculator;
— Go to an information session given by AARP consumer assistance volunteers on Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Moultonborough Public Library or on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Minot-Sleeper Public Library in Bristol;
— Sign up in person (best alternative right now). Several businesses and organizations are providing trained consumer assistants to help navigate the ACA system.
Rite Aid has navigators at its stores in:
Laconia - T W Th from 12 to 5 p.m.;
Concord - M T W F from 3 to 6 p.m. (N. State St. and 92 South St. stores)
Plymouth - T Th from 4 to 7 PM and W F from 3 to 6 p.m.;
— The following organizations have trained navigators to help you individually (call for times):
Mid–State Health Center, Bristol - 744-6200, in Plymouth - 536-4000
Health First Family Care Center, Franklin - 934-0177
White Mountain Community Health Center, Conway – 447-8900
Bi-State Primary Health Care, Bow – 228-2830, ext. 160
Planned Parenthood of New England, Lebanon – (866) 476-1321
I'm hoping this information will help those seeking affordable coverage.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:31
To The Daily Sun,
We were originally against adding more wind farms to NH's skylines. Living in Plymouth, we see the mammoth towers every time we drive down Tenney Mountain Highway. But after listening to all of the pros and cons, we've changed our opinion. So here are the 10 reasons why we no longer oppose adding more wind farms to the mountains of N.H.
1. NH's property taxes are altogether too high. Reducing property values will result in lower property taxes for all of us. The view tax will never return.
2. Since the Old Man fell off the mountain N.H. has needed a new state symbol. Why not a windmill? If it's good enough for Holland it should be good enough for us. How about " The New Windmills of the Mountains".
3. It's the patriotic thing to do. Massachusetts needs the energy. It's the least we can do for our neighbor to the south. The southern part of N.H. has already become "New Hampshire-chusetts."
4. Think of all the money the state will save by not having to maintain existing or build any new scenic overlooks.
5. Reducing N.H. tourist traffic is a good thing. We never did like the flatlanders invading our state, even though their dollars weren't all that bad.
6. Eagles, owls, hawks and other bird are really quite a tasty dish and they are readily available from "windmill roadkill".
7. Windmills also kill bats, but we don't like bats, we never did like bats, we never will like bats.
8. Why hike up a N.H. mountain when you can drive up on a wind farm access road — in an 18 wheeler.
9. If you prefer to hike up the mountain, just don't forget to bring your noise-canceling headphones. After all they are neither heavy nor cumbersome.
10. The scenic beauty of N.H.'s mountains can still be captured by creative photographers. Remember, Photoshop is always an option.
As the old proverb says: "There's no great loss without some gain."
Art & Sylvia Cote
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the membership of the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce I would like to thank the following businesses for their sponsorship of the Chamber's Annual Meeting held Friday, October 25. The Presenting Sponsor was Meredith Village Savings Bank and LRGHealthcare was the Major Sponsor. Dessert Sponsors were Boutin & Altieri, PLLC, Cross Insurance – Meredith, Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante and Preferred Vacation Rentals. The Program Sponsor was Lovering Volvo and Meredith Dental and The Old Print Barn were Associate Sponsors.
Their support was much appreciated.
Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce
Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:36
To The Daily Sun,
The Full Basket Co-op, a local farmer sales cooperative, would like to express its gratitude to the Bank of New Hampshire for allowing us to use their atrium for our market deliveries for the past three weeks. We had arranged to be at Pitman's Freight Room, but the fire they experienced meant we needed to find an alternative location on short notice. The atrium space worked great for us and was very convenient for our customers. As local small farmers we appreciate the support the Bank of New Hampshire has shown for the Thursday Outdoor Marketplace where we have a sales booth during the regular market season. Though a small gesture for the bank, it meant a lot to our group.
We'll see our customers at Pitman's Freight Room this week, and for the rest of the fall market season. To learn more about the Full Basket Co-op, visit www.minglewoodfarm.co.nf.
Tom & Karen Barker
Minglewood Farm/Full Basket Co-op
Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 09:33