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Fiscal Committee tables request for $27 million in federal money to boost vaccination efforts

BY: - September 17, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 17, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with a statement from the governor. Republican lawmakers’ anger over the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandate has put in jeopardy $27 million in federal pandemic relief to boost the state’s vaccination efforts.  As the Executive Council did Wednesday, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday […]

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Sununu: Vaccine freedom law does not prohibit vaccination mandates for public employees

BY: - September 17, 2021

A “medical freedom law” passed into law this summer does not prevent vaccine requirements for public employees, Gov. Chris Sununu said at a press conference this week. Asked Wednesday about the new law, which states that “every person has the natural, essential, and inherent right to bodily integrity, free from any threat or compulsion by […]

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Formella, other Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – More than 20 Republican state attorneys general, including New Hampshire’s John Formella, are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing.  In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement […]

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How House Democrats would expand Medicare and Medicaid, and lower prescription drug costs

BY: - September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON – New Medicare benefits for older Americans, like dental care. An expansion of eligibility for Medicaid for low-income people in Republican-controlled states that have declined to take that step. And potentially an historic effort to rein in prescription drug prices – if congressional Democrats can work through objections from moderates in their party. The […]

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State plans to ramp up outreach efforts in communities with low vaccination rates

BY: - September 16, 2021

With COVID-19 cases surging and vaccinations lagging in New Hampshire, the state is focusing its outreach in towns with vaccination rates lower than 50 percent. Meanwhile, case counts and a federal vaccine mandate are prompting proposed legislation from lawmakers. State epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan said Wednesday the state is averaging 400 new cases a day […]

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Republican councilors vote down contracts for three reproductive health centers

BY: - September 15, 2021

In a 4-1 party-line vote, the Executive Council’s Republicans voted Wednesday to defund three reproductive health care providers because they perform abortions.  The four councilors voted against the contracts despite confirmation from the attorney general and commissioner of Health and Human Services the three providers are complying with a new state law requiring they use […]

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As Executive Council meets, affordable reproductive health care hangs in the balance

BY: - September 15, 2021

When a package arrives at the Equality Health Center in Concord, Executive Director Dalia Vidunas opens it outside and away from staff, in case it explodes. Alerts arrive almost daily from other clinics under attack. Protesters tell patients, whether they arrive for cancer screenings or abortions, they are murderers.  Providing reproductive health care has become […]

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Health and Human Services seeks $27 million for 13 new positions dedicated to vaccination effort

BY: - September 13, 2021

The state Department of Health and Human Services wants to use $27 million in federal pandemic aid to create 13 new positions aimed at increasing the state’s vaccination rate, which has been lagging at about 54 percent since at least July.  The request, which goes before the Executive Council Wednesday and must clear the Joint […]

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Survey: One in five New Hampshire adults say they won’t get vaccinated

BY: - September 10, 2021

The state’s rate of fully vaccinated residents has been stuck at 54 percent since July. The latest Granite State Panel from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center suggests neither the Delta variant nor the state’s $1.3 million vaccine campaign will make much of a difference. According to the survey, one in five New Hampshire […]

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Lawyers say practice of emergency room boarding continues

BY: - September 9, 2021

Four months after the New Hampshire Supreme Court told the state it could no longer detain people in hospital emergency rooms without a hearing within three days, the practice continues, according to lawyers for the hospitals and people held during a mental health crisis. An attorney representing the state Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Unruly crowd forces Health and Human Services to postpone vaccine registry hearing

BY: - September 8, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 9, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. with new information. The state Department of Health and Human Services abruptly postponed a hearing on proposed changes to the vaccine registry Wednesday after losing control of the room to an unruly crowd of vaccine opponents and privacy rights activists. Wearing “Live Free or Die” […]

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Website gives state high marks for pandemic recovery, but COVID numbers suggest all is not well

BY: - September 8, 2021

Hospitalizations and cases are climbing quickly. Thirteen people have died since the start of the month. And the vaccination rate is inching up, but slowly. Still, when it comes to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hampshire ranks fifth, according to WalletHub, a finance site often cited for its state-by-state economic rankings. Maine’s second-place finish […]