Pelham - Windham News 4 - August 27, 2010
The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor
House Bill 1437: Consumer-Directed Services
by State Representative Bob Elliott, District 4, Salem/Windham On August 3, I met with the State Health and Human Services Sub-Committee to review and discuss the results from the State’s Interim Study on House Bill 1437. HB 1437 represents an opportunity for the state to provide better “care services” and significantly reduce the cost of services provided to chronically ill or medically fragile children who are already receiving services. In-home support waivers are currently available to families of children with developmental disabilities. The waivers allow the families to manage a budget and choose the services provided. Waivers are a more cost- effective “option” than State Plan “in-home” nursing services. This cost-effective “option” is not currently available to chronically ill or medically fragile children. The waiver replaces currently covered State Plan nursing services. This replacement results in a significant cost reduction to the state. For example: A child currently receiving State Plan in-home nursing services is costing the state, on average, $88,000 a year. A family who decides to replace currently covered in-home nursing services with a $28,000 waiver will save the state $60,000 a year. Institutional care services costs the state on average $175,000 a year per child. A family who decides to elect a $28,000 Waiver to care for the child at home verse Institutional Services will save the State $147,000 a year. There are currently 534 chronically ill children in
state. I am trying to find a better and more cost-effective way to care for these 534 children. This is what Healthcare Reform should be all about: A better system for less money. The State’s Interim
Consumer Directed Services/Waiver Cost $28,000 a year
Currently Covered State Plan LNA Services Cost $88,000 a year
Institution/Care Facility Cost $175,000 a year
Study on HB 1437 suggests performing a “Pilot Program.” If the “Pilot Program” got 30 (or six percent) of these 534 children (already
receiving State Plan Services) to “replace” their services with the waiver, this would save the state $1.8 million. Waivers replace a line-item cost (nursing services) that already exists. The state is already paying for these services. However, the battle against the power of bureaucracy has been going on for nine months now and shows us how difficult it is for any Representative or Senator to make changes in a bureaucratic system. In the meantime, many children will continue to suffer under an antiquated system. HB 1437 is a chance to provide these fragile children with better care and also save the state money. It is a win-win for everyone.
Pride and Gratitude for our Servicemen and Women My heart was bursting with pride as I bid
goodbye to a new troop of servicemen and women heading overseas. I recently became one of the “Pease Greeters” at Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth. We gathered together to meet young men and women dedicated to serving their country.
Upon arrival from Texas to Pease, refreshments were served free of charge and cell phones were made available for calling home to their loved ones before departure to an unknown destination.
More than 100 people assembled to show
their gratitude and wish a safe journey to these young, upbeat men and women happy to serve their country. Also on that day, I became an official member of the “Fence Force.” We stood at the gate on the tarmac, waving goodbye as the plane flew away. Many thanks to my friend, Richard Forde.
Dick is a member of the Windham American Legion whose members are active in their support of the program. A greeter himself, Dick was kind enough to invite me to participate. We can never repay these young men and
women, as well as all service personnel, who served in the armed forces for our country. We live in the greatest country in the world. God bless America.
Representative Mary F. Griffin, District 4 - Windham
Endorsing Terry Dakin for Hillsborough County Commissioner
I am writing this letter to endorse
Terry Dakin in the Republican Primary Hillsborough County Commissioner, District 2, and that includes Nashua, Hollis, Hudson, and Pelham. As a current City of Nashua Fire Commissioner and former Police Commissioner, I understand and appreciate how local government works and, unfortunately, sometimes does not work. I have known Terry for over 15 years and, like Terry, I also own a small local business. Terry has years of experience in the private sector managing personnel and multi-million dollar budgets. Terry knows the value of a dollar and how to get the best value for our county tax dollar. He will be that strong
Constitutional Conservative Candidates Will Help Restore our Republic
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During my conversations with Ovide, he went into detail about what needs to be done to control spending, promote job growth, increase border security, and to root out the corruption and greed that is driving our country into bankruptcy. He has well thought-out plans that will get our country back on track – and he has put a pledge of 15 promises in writing on his Website, www.ovide2010.com
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Calling All Cooks! submitted by Pete Bennett, Pelham Old Home Day Committee
Were you aware that apple pie is the favorite flavor among one out of four Americans – or that 76 percent of Americans prefer homemade pies – or that the average American eats six slices of pie per year? There is no question that pie is a hit when it comes to desserts, and that’s why the 104th Pelham Old Day celebration is pleased to present the Great Pelham Pie Bake Off. We are accepting applications now for the Great Pelham Pie Bake Off! The
event is open to anyone who would like to participate. Bakers may enter as many pies as they would like to be judged. The cost for the entry is the
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donation of a second pie to be served during the Old Home Day Chicken BBQ Dinner later in the day. Reverend Bill Ferguson, Pie Judge for the Great Pelham Pie Bake Off, sums up the event this way, “There is no one who doesn’t like a good pie! And part of the joy of eating pie is the care and the love that goes into making one. This year at Pelham’s 104th Old Home Day, the Great Pelham Pie Bake Off contest is inviting participants to enter their favorite pie to be judged ‘Best in Pelham!’ The charm of small-town events comes from the participation of bakers and pie enthusiasts who submit their homemade entry to try to claim the Blue Ribbon for Best Pie!”
Applications for entering can be found at www.pelhamucc.org
the Old Home Day banner, or by calling the First Congregational Church Office at 635-7025 for more information regarding your entry.
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Dave Lavoie - Nashua
can hold him accountable. In the next few weeks, the most important
votes that we can all cast is during the primaries on September 14. It is on this day that we will have the opportunity to ensure that the best candidates in the race will still be on the ballot in the November elections. With this in mind, I urge you to consider
voting for Ovide Lamontagne on September 14, and then again in November. Let’s put Constitutional Conservative people into office that will protect our rights, reduce our government, and serve with honor.
Ken Eyring - Windham
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choice to send to Washington. She has real solutions to problems and understands New Hampshire’s and the nation’s needs. She is homegrown, down-to-earth, and doesn’t owe anybody anything. Her frugality will dominate the way she votes for us. Please join me and vote for Annie
September 14 and November 2. You can count on her to speak for those that need to have their voices heard.
Representative Carolyn B. Webber - Windham
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