Health

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New law makes temporary health care licenses permanent just in time

BY: - June 8, 2022

When the pandemic exacerbated the state’s shortage of health care workers, the state made an exception to licensing rules to allow 22,330 providers to quickly receive temporary licenses. Those licenses – which expired May 31 – are now “permanent” with Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature on Senate Bill 277. Those providers will still have to renew […]

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Schools could offer or expand health care services under state contract

BY: - June 6, 2022

Citing a rise in youth mental health needs and a drop in medical checkups, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services wants to establish or expand health clinics in some school districts. With parental or caregiver permission, students could receive immunizations, mental health counseling, physical exams, and health education at their school. “Since […]

Grant will bring mental health care to summer camps as kids’ needs increase

BY: - June 6, 2022

Summer camp directors say the activities inherent to camp – new friendships, outdoor adventures, and communal living – have the potential to be a powerful antidote to the mental health challenges kids experienced during months of pandemic isolation and remote learning.  So, many jumped at the chance to bring on a mental health clinician at […]

From skepticism to insurance denials, long COVID patients face more than only health challenges

BY: - June 1, 2022

With so much still unknown about long COVID, Wendy Thomas has accepted that managing her myriad of debilitating symptoms will require trial and error. So, when her doctor prescribed Adderall for her struggle to focus, even to understand a paragraph, she agreed to give it a try. Thomas’ insurance company was less agreeable. She was […]

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Sununu signs fatal fetal anomaly bill, rejects repeal of abortion clinic buffer zones

BY: - May 31, 2022

Terminating a pregnancy after 24 weeks for a fetus that cannot survive on its own was a crime last week that could have sent a physician to prison for 7 years and fined them up to $100,000. It no longer is. Late Friday afternoon, Gov. Chris Sununu announced via a press release that he had […]

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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 covid.gov/tests. Households that did not take advantage of the first or second round of free tests may order additional tests. To do so, […]