Health

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Lawmaker wants to limit insulin copays to $35 for more Granite Staters 

BY: - September 27, 2022

This story was updated on Sept. 28, 2022 at 7:30 a.m. to correct Rep. Joshua Adjutant’s political party. New Hampshire residents pay no more than $35 for a 30-day supply of insulin – if they have commercial insurance or Medicaid coverage. Proposed legislation would extend that cap to people who don’t have insurance and earn […]

Monkeypox cases climb in NH as vaccine uptake remains low

BY: - September 26, 2022

As the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in New Hampshire climbs – from 16 to 29 in the past month – state health officials have expanded eligibility for the vaccine and announced additional vaccination sites. Any person who identifies as gay, bisexual, queer, or is a man who has sex with men, and believes they […]

Chris Sununu and Lori Shibinette

Worker shortage and too few discharge options close 48 beds at state hospital

BY: - September 23, 2022

In a week where nearly 30 adults were waiting in emergency rooms for inpatient psychiatric care, 48 of New Hampshire Hospital’s 184 beds are closed due to staffing shortages, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette told executive councilors this week. That’s partly due to the department’s inability to compete with wages and […]

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Hospital beds are full – but not with COVID-19 patients

BY: - September 21, 2022

When COVID-19 hospitalizations hit 433 in January, hospitals were so desperate for space they treated some patients in hallways and sent others to neighboring states. But even as the number of COVID-19 patients has plummeted, hospital beds remain in high demand. On Sunday, the most recent data available, just 10 percent of regular beds and […]

Mobile health clinic will travel the North Country

BY: - September 16, 2022

This fall, North Country residents will have a more convenient option for getting preventive health care, including immunizations, glucose screenings, and some medical services.  The New Hampshire Medical Society and North Country Health Consortium are partnering to launch theNorthern New Hampshire Mobile Health Clinic, which will provide care via a van. The vehicle will also […]

Abortion will be on the November ballot. Some Republicans who backed an exemption won’t.

BY: - September 15, 2022

It was six Republicans, not Democrats, who sponsored the bill adding an exception this year to the state’s 24-week abortion ban for a fatal fetal anomaly. And anti-abortion groups made sure their constituents knew. Days ahead of Tuesday’s primary, campaign fliers hit mailboxes in Pittsfield and Chichester, telling residents their Republican state representative, James Allard, […]

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State to use $6 million to bring COVID-19 vaccines to communities and homebound Granite Staters

BY: - September 14, 2022

With final state approval in hand, the Department of Health and Human Services plans to use $6 million in federal pandemic money to bring COVID-19 testing and vaccines to Granite Staters’ neighborhoods and homes. The money will allow the department to send three mobile vaccination vans into communities, providing not just vaccines and boosters but […]

State aims to help birthing centers, midwives with rising malpractice insurance premiums

BY: - September 12, 2022

The state’s five birthing centers and home birth midwives may be getting state assistance to help with a significant spike in their malpractice insurance premiums, a jump they say threatens their ability to stay open. One provider saw its premium jump by $40,000 a year, a 250 percent increase, and the owner of the Concord […]

New hospital would add over 100 beds for psychiatric and substance misuse care

BY: - September 9, 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services has received initial approval to provide SolutionHealth, which owns Elliot Hospital in Manchester, $15 million in federal money to build a new behavioral health hospital. The facility would add more than 100 new treatment beds for children and adults struggling with mental illness and substance misuse. This is […]

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Grant to allow NH Legal Assistance to expand its work with domestic violence survivors

BY: - September 7, 2022

This headline was updated on Sept. 8, 2022 at 10 a.m. to clarify the use of the grant money. New Hampshire Legal Assistance has long helped survivors of domestic violence navigate the legal system, including obtaining restraining orders, child support, and parenting plans when someone cannot afford an attorney. The agency says a new grant […]

Federal government to end free at-home COVID test program this week

BY: - August 31, 2022

Those who planned to order their free COVID-19 tests from the federal government but never did shouldn’t tarry. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that it will suspend the program Friday, citing funding.  Tests and testing remain available throughout New Hampshire at pharmacies and medical offices but not through the mail. […]

Proposed changes to religious exemption form for school vaccine mandates draw pushback

BY: - August 25, 2022

Under a new state law, the Department of Health and Human Services has dropped its requirement that parents get a notary’s signature when they submit a form exempting their child from school and child care vaccine mandates for religious reasons.  But the department is proposing new requirements that have angered the law’s prime sponsor and […]