GOP lawmakers want more scrutiny of providers using public money for reproductive health care

BY: - January 27, 2023

Reproductive health care centers warned lawmakers Thursday that a bill requiring they do a second audit of how they spend public funds would leave them less money to provide basic health care to low-income patients.  State law already requires the Department of Health and Human Services to audit state-subsidized family planning centers to ensure they […]

Special committee seeks solutions to ‘horrible’ child care situation in state

BY: - January 26, 2023

Massachusetts child care workers earn about $10,000 more a year than their New Hampshire peers. It’s a parent’s gross income, not what’s left after paying the mortgage, food, and other bills that determines their eligibility for child care assistance. Good luck trying to find infant care. Those are a few of hurdles the House’s new […]

Health leaders are ‘cheerleading’ for childhood vaccines as student vaccination rates drop

BY: - January 25, 2023

The number of Granite State students up to date on the several vaccines the state mandates for school attendance is going in the wrong direction, health experts say. The trend is playing out nationally too, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this month.  Experts say even a small decline in vaccination rates, […]

Analysis finds Medicaid expansion a boon for public health, workforce, hospitals

BY: - January 20, 2023

Lawmakers must decide this year whether to continue spending millions each year to provide an estimated 50,000 to 90,000 additional low-income people Medicaid health coverage through its Medicaid expansion program. The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, which lawmakers have long looked to for nonpartisan financial analysis, released a report this week with several arguments for […]

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Proposal would compensate Hampstead for property taxes lost due to state’s hospital purchase

BY: - January 17, 2023

The state’s purchase of Hampstead Hospital last year for a behavioral health campus cost the town of Hampstead nearly $178,000 in annual property taxes. An item before the Executive Council Wednesday would replace that full amount with federal money and revenues from the hospital. The Department of Health and Human Services received council approval in […]

Enrollment for free or low-cost health insurance on federal Marketplace ends Sunday

BY: - January 12, 2023

Individuals and families have just a few days left before the Jan. 15 deadline to sign up for free or low-cost health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Insurance officials have been concerned that the public does not know more people qualify than in prior years due to significant changes to eligibility rules, and […]

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Telehealth and mail-order medications expand abortion access in NH

BY: - January 11, 2023

This story was updated Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. to include the text of a bill that was not available prior to publication. A recent federal rule change will expand access to abortion care by allowing pharmacies, no longer just clinics, to dispense abortion pills, which can be used to terminate a pregnancy […]

SNAP outreach money coming to New Hampshire

BY: - January 6, 2023

New Hampshire Hunger Solutions will receive around $250,000 to do outreach about nutrition assistance programs, as participation lags. The funding comes from the government spending bill recently signed into law, which included $111 million for New Hampshire projects, according to an announcement by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. It will fund two outreach positions. The state has […]

Here’s what you need to know about new workplace protections for pregnant, nursing workers

BY: - January 6, 2023

This story was updated on Jan. 9 at 5:15 p.m. An earlier version incorrectly stated which businesses must comply with the PUMP Act. The new law applies to all businesses, but those with fewer than 50 employees can avoid the requirement if doing so creates an undue hardship. The $1.7 trillion federal spending bill President […]

With Medicaid expansion back before lawmakers, supporters point to all that’s at stake

BY: - January 5, 2023

Expanding Medicaid insurance to more low-income Granite Staters was a tough sell before it passed the Legislature nine years ago. Fiscal conservatives urged lawmakers to reject predictions that more access to free or subsidized health insurance would lower medical costs and improve health outcomes. They warned it would instead discourage people from seeking jobs that […]

Sununu calls for end of COVID Medicaid policy, as state races to prepare beneficiaries

BY: - December 21, 2022

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Medicaid recipients have benefitted from a key safeguard: They can’t be kicked off the program as long as the federal government continues its public health emergency. That provision – passed by Congress in March 2020 – has allowed Medicaid recipients to continue receiving that health coverage even if their salary […]

White House resumes handing out free COVID-19 rapid test kits

BY: - December 15, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is once again offering Americans the opportunity to order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests from the federal government, a program that it had shuttered amid an ongoing stalemate with Congress over additional funding to address the virus.  The program will allow each household to order four free COVID-19 tests as […]