Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients

BY: - December 5, 2022

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the monthly cap for insulin went toward insulin pumps. Starting next month, a $35 cap on insulin prices will go into effect for millions of Medicare recipients. The lower pricing is one of the first of several policy measures Americans will see in the coming months […]

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Hospitals managing a new surge: kids with RSV

BY: - December 2, 2022

A year ago, it was adults sick with COVID-19 who filled intensive care units, many requiring oxygen or full intubation. Now beds are increasingly occupied by children who are so sick with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, they too require ICU-level care. All eight of the state’s pediatric ICU beds are full, and there are […]

Assistant DHHS commissioner makes pitch for interim post

BY: - December 1, 2022

The person who’s been serving as deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for two years is in line for the top job – temporarily. Lori Weaver, a 20-year veteran of the department, made her case to the Executive Council Thursday to finish the remaining year of outgoing Commissioner Lori Shibinette’s term […]

Two communities find a cure for medical debt: pandemic stimulus funds

BY: - December 1, 2022

Local governments in Ohio and Illinois are using American Rescue Plan Act money to relieve residents struggling with medical debt by partnering with an organization that buys debt and wipes the slate clean for debtors.  It’s a strategy advocates say could be duplicated across the country to help erase a multibillion-dollar problem. On Nov. 9, […]

With state aging rapidly, communities see opportunities to become more ‘age-friendly’ 

BY: - November 30, 2022

This summer, the town of Newport intends to turn a vacant lot into a $60,000 dog park and community garden. Goffstown launched a road show to teach residents how to reduce housing costs with a recent state law allowing second homes on their property. Dover is improving walking routes to public transportation. Dog parks, gardens, […]

Child advocate: Protecting at-risk children requires more staff, funding

BY: - November 29, 2022

Citing a 31 percent increase in incident reports of restraints, seclusion, and other mistreatment of children, the state’s child advocate told state officials Monday that she needs more staff and money to ensure the state is providing at-risk youth safe, dignified, and effective treatment.  Child Advocate Cassandra Sanchez requested to expand her staff of eight, […]

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year. The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]

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State issues request for information on therapeutic cannabis registry

BY: - November 23, 2022

New Hampshire officials are attempting to upgrade the state’s therapeutic cannabis registry – and they’re seeking input from those in the industry on how best to do it. In a request for information, the Department of Health and Human Services is asking for suggestions for a recommended approach for an online registry in the state.  […]

Shaheen says she’ll look for federal money after Executive Council votes to defund sex education

BY: - November 23, 2022

After the Executive Council voted Tuesday to defund a sex education program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy, a spokesperson for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said she is working to replace the funding. And Democratic Councilor Cinde Warmington said she is talking with the full federal delegation to do the same. “These programs help adolescents stay healthy […]

Concerns ahead for state’s direct care workforce

BY: - November 22, 2022

New Hampshire will lose far more direct care workers for older adults and people with disabilities than it needs in the next decade, according to new research from PHI, a national nonprofit focused on elder care and disability services. And difficulties around low-pay and career advancement will make that hard to reverse. Amy Robins, director […]

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‘Family glitch’ fix makes thousands of Granite Staters newly qualified for cheaper insurance

BY: - November 16, 2022

The “open enrollment” window to buy subsidized health care from the federal government opened Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 15. Here’s the bigger news: A fix of the so-called “family glitch” means thousands more people may now qualify for cheaper insurance – but not know it.  “We’re worried that if people had checked on […]

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Delta Dental would begin Medicaid dental benefits for adults under $33.5 million contract

BY: - October 31, 2022

Adults insured by Medicaid may be a step closer to having their dental care covered. On Wednesday, the Executive Council will consider a $33.5 million contract with the Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire to provide not only oral care but also oral education and transportation to appointments when needed. The company would have until […]