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Executive Council rejects $27 million in federal money for vaccine outreach, angering Sununu

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Executive Council’s Republican majority voted down $27 million in federal money for vaccine outreach Wednesday – some for reasons unrelated to the contracts – pleasing dozens of protesters in the room and angering Gov. Chris Sununu enough that he called one councilor’s rationale “un-American.” And while a heavy police presence kept more than 100 […]

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Lawmakers want state to publicly track number of COVID cases among House members

BY: - October 12, 2021

The state reports COVID-19 infections by town, county, long-term care facilities, and schools. A group of Democratic lawmakers would like to add the Legislature to that list. Doing so would allow lawmakers and the public to better assess their risk of exposure, they said. They see another benefit, too. “I think one of the advantages […]

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New Hampshire employers face another pandemic hiring challenge: housing

BY: - October 12, 2021

Back in spring, Simbex was looking to expand. The Lebanon-based medical device manufacturer was hoping to grow its workforce from 32 to 46.  The hiring market was brutal; restaurants, main street stores, and businesses were struggling to entice new employees and coax back old ones. But Simbex wasn’t having trouble attracting employees. The real difficulty was […]

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Commentary: State has created a mess with SPU, and now is the time to clean it up

BY: and - October 11, 2021

Late last week the Department of Health and Human Services held the first information session via Zoom about the proposed forensic hospital on the New Hampshire Hospital campus. A representative from New Hampshire Hospital and the Department of Public Works were present to discuss plans thus far and answer questions. We at Advocates for Ethical […]

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AG says acceptance of grants does not mean state must comply with all federal COVID mandates

BY: - October 8, 2021

The state is not required to comply with all current and future federal COVID-19 mandates if it accepts $27 million in federal grants for vaccine outreach, the state attorney general said Friday. The analysis did not satisfy the group that has successfully stalled acceptance of the grants on the grounds their terms threaten the state’s […]

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Vaccination rates continue to lag among state’s young people

BY: - October 8, 2021

At the end of the month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider Pfizer’s request to authorize emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. If New Hampshire’s vaccination rate of its younger residents is any indication, FDA approval won’t be the only hurdle here.  The state is already struggling […]

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Officials outline preliminary plan for $30 million, 24-bed hospital for forensic patients

BY: - October 8, 2021

Patients with mental illness being held at the prison’s forensic hospital for security reasons could be moved to a new 24-bed hospital on the state hospital grounds by late 2023, state officials said Thursday.  The hospital will be managed by the Department of Health and Human Services – not a private company – and a […]

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New Hampshire contributes to a record year for abortion restrictions

BY: - October 7, 2021

New Hampshire is one of 19 states to enact a total of 106 abortion restrictions in the past year, the most in a single year since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute. The prior record was set in 2011, when 89 new laws were enacted by […]

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State officials hosting online forum to discuss secure psychiatric facility proposal

BY: - October 6, 2021

With nearly $40 million in place to build a new secure psychiatric facility near the state hospital, state officials are hosting an online forum Thursday evening to discuss their proposal and take questions and comments from the public. Currently, the state’s only secure psychiatric facility is within the state prison, where patients include jail and […]

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Biden administration ends Title X ‘gag rule’ that affected state’s family planning centers

BY: - October 5, 2021

The Biden administration on Monday cleared the way for low-cost reproductive health care providers recently defunded by the Executive Council to reclaim federal funding they lost under a Trump administration “gag rule.”  Most of the state’s low-cost reproductive health care providers left the Title X program after a rule change prohibited them from referring patients […]

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Committee signs off on amended bill that would eliminate ultrasound requirement for all abortions

BY: and - September 28, 2021

With the support of a Republican lawmaker, the House Judiciary Committee narrowly passed, 11-10, an amended bill Tuesday that would eliminate the state’s new ultrasound requirement for all abortions.  The amendment followed a confusing debate over competing language and landed in an unlikely place, House Bill 622, which sought to ban virtually all abortions except […]

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Survey aims to shed light on housing insecurity among people with developmental disabilities

BY: - September 27, 2021

A leading New Hampshire disability rights group is surveying housing accessibility for people with developmental disabilities in New Hampshire, focusing on what the organization says is a threat of homelessness across the state. In an online survey distributed to its members, ABLE NH is looking into the availability of affordable housing, and how that availability […]