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Sununu cites need to protect local control in veto of bill banning school mask mandates

BY: - May 23, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu’s Friday veto of a bill prohibiting schools from mandating masks defeated one of the few remaining pieces of legislation seeking to limit public health powers. Many others have died or been weakened, and a few still need approval Thursday from both chambers.  In vetoing House Bill 1131, Sununu cited respect for local […]

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Farmers market food assistance program bill won’t advance after lawmaker balks at amendment  

BY: - May 20, 2022

An agreement to advance a bill that contained funding for a food assistance program at farmers markets crumbled ahead of Thursday’s legislative deadline for lawmakers to sign off on final negotiations. Rep. John Hunt, a Rindge Republican, declined to sign off on House Bill 1099, and Speaker of the House Sherman Packard didn’t replace him […]

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Bill to require parental permission for youth risk survey fails

BY: - May 20, 2022

A bill that would have jeopardized the ability of child advocates, public health leaders, and law enforcement to identify and address youth health risks has died.  House Bill 1639 would have required parents to grant permission for their child to participate in an anonymous survey that asks high school students about their exposure to substances, […]

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Q&A: With cases climbing again, here’s what the COVID-19 picture looks like in New Hampshire

BY: - May 19, 2022

COVID-19 – and the the public’s appetite for safety measures – look different these days. Cases and hospitalizations, which were relatively flat in late March, are slowly climbing in New Hampshire, though they are nowhere near the numbers we saw in January and February. On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 dashboard […]

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Lawmakers revive farmers market assistance program

BY: - May 18, 2022

A food assistance program to help low-income mothers and children access fresh food at farmers markets is one step closer to becoming law after a panel of lawmakers from the House and Senate agreed to fund it Tuesday. The provision was added into House Bill 1099 by Sen. Becky Whitley, a Hopkinton Democrat, who had […]

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Lawmakers close in on $25 million for PFAS remediation and new regulations  

BY: - May 18, 2022

Of the nine bills this session that aimed to address PFAS contamination in the state, three are still in play. One would put $25 million into a PFAS remediation fund, while the other two address how the chemicals are regulated in the air and before they enter wastewater treatment facilities.  Those are meaningful changes, according […]

A new round of free, at-home COVID-19 tests announced

BY: - May 17, 2022

The federal government is offering a third round of free COVID-19 tests just as cases and hospitalizations are increasing. The Biden administration announced Tuesday that each household can order eight tests at Households that did not take advantage of the first or second round of free tests may order additional tests. To do so, […]

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Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to close Claremont health center

BY: - May 16, 2022

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is closing its Claremont health center as well as four locations in Vermont in response to the expansion of telehealth, hiring challenges, and funding obstacles. Those include the loss of federal money under the Trump administration and the Executive Council’s denial of state contracts for low-cost reproductive health care. […]

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Health and Human Services seeks permission to distribute unsold COVID-19 tests

BY: - May 16, 2022

The 1 million COVID-19 tests Health and Human Services ordered in January to sell at state liquor stores didn’t quite fly off the shelves, leaving about 926,000 tests still available. The department has asked the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee for permission to send many of the surplus tests to health centers, schools, camps, and child […]

Dartmouth Health, GraniteOne Health abandon merger plans following objections from AG

BY: - May 13, 2022

Two of the state’s largest health care providers have abandoned plans to merge following objections from the Attorney General’s Office, which said the proposed partnership between Dartmouth Health and GraniteOne Health would limit competition yet not provide protections for consumers.  “New Hampshire consumers already pay exceptionally high prices for health care,” said Attorney General John […]

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Federal relief money to aid young people formerly in foster care

BY: - May 13, 2022

Young adults formerly in foster care are eligible for federal pandemic relief money to cover expenses like rent, groceries, transportation, education, and utilities. New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services is urging eligible youth to apply, through outreach efforts like a press release and social media advertisements on Facebook. The department is also reaching […]

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Expanded dental benefits for Medicaid recipients on the cusp of becoming reality

BY: - May 13, 2022

After years of coming close, the state is poised to give its approximately 85,000 residents on Medicaid coverage not just for tooth extractions and emergency dental care but also for the diagnostic and preventive care needed to fend off those serious problems. The House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 422 Thursday, and […]