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Small businesses weigh health care options during Rochester forum
Before getting into how health care reform under Obamacare affects area businesses, Al Felgar, chief executive officer of Frisbie Memorial Hospital, said he's determined to fight to be included in the state's only health exchange, which is run by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield N.H.
"It's the only state in the United States with one insurance plan," Felgar said, adding he's afraid excluded hospitals will continue to lose customers, even those on private plans.
Felgar said he has asked the state Insurance Commission for a hearing on the matter, which could take place in December. He said Anthem alone chose the "winners and losers" of the ACA to restrict access to one narrow network in order to make a profit.
As a result, Felgar said the exclusion "knocks out" the 80 doctors at the hospital and those who work at the 17 offices in the area-wide network, which serves about 70,000 patients.
"It's a direct threat on the economic vitality of these nine hospitals," Felgar said, adding Concord Hospital was recently invited to join Anthem's network, which also includes Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover and Exeter Hospital.
"New Hampshire has a very limited offering at this point," Scammon said, adding Harvard Pilgrim is considering offering another option for individuals in the state in the future.
The event, sponsored by Holy Rosary Credit Union, was organized by the Chambers of Commerce, which represents businesses around the Rochester and Somersworth areas.
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