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New Hampshire

December 13, 2013

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF

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The judicial vacancy was created earlier this year when U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe assumed “senior status,” a form of semi-retirement.

Residents have more insurance options

CONCORD (AP) — Another insurance company plans to offer health plans under the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire.

For now, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the only health insurance company offering plans through the new online markets required under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.

But Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter announced yesterday that nonprofit Minuteman Health of Massachusetts has been given federal approval to expand into New Hampshire and form a new program that will offer plans under the law.

Those policies would be available next year for coverage starting in 2015.

Harvard Pilgrim also has indicated it will offer plans for coverage starting in 2015.

Police ID driversin fatal accident

COLUMBIA (AP) — New Hampshire State Police have identified the driver who died after suffering a medical condition and colliding with an oncoming vehicle in Columbia.

Police said 74-year-old George Motard of Lancaster was traveling north on Route 3 on Tuesday when he struck a southbound pickup truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, 24-year-old Brendan Kelly of Newport, Vt., suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating.

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