Health

Millions of workers are dealing with long COVID. Advocates call for expanding social safety net.

BY: - October 26, 2022

Emily Withnall caught COVID-19 from her teenager in July 2020. In the more than two years since, the 40-year-old has suffered from debilitating fatigue, spinal pain, and heart palpitations. In addition to her primary care doctor, she regularly sees a cardiologist and says her acupuncturist and craniosacral therapy help relieve her pain and the trouble […]

Poll: Granite Staters support raising teacher pay; majority oppose ‘divisive concepts’ law

BY: - October 20, 2022

A majority of Granite Staters appear supportive of their local teachers and opposed to a recent law restricting them from certain teaching topics, a new poll from the University of New Hampshire suggests. The poll, released Thursday, found that 51 percent of respondents thought the quality of their local public school teachers was “good” or […]

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Outreach on energy and food assistance approved by Executive Council

BY: - October 19, 2022

The Executive Council approved a request Wednesday from the Department of Health and Human Services to share information with the state’s five Community Action Program agencies so they can contact households about food and fuel assistance ahead of an expensive heating season. The department is now authorized to share names, mailing and e-mail addresses, and […]

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Republican councilors once again hold up funding for after-school sex ed program

BY: - October 19, 2022

For a third time, Republican executive councilors have halted funding for a decade-old sex education program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy in Sullivan County and Manchester, which have the state’s highest teen birth rates.  The three councilors who voted to hold off a vote on the $682,000 contract Wednesday, Joe Kenney, David Wheeler, and Ted […]

Citing hiring challenges, Gersh Autism to close school at Crotched Mountain

BY: - October 19, 2022

Gersh Autism told parents Monday it is closing its day and residential school and recreation program at Crotched Mountain on Nov. 18. The news leaves families of children whose disabilities are too complex for public school with limited alternatives. The company, which calls the school Legacy By Gersh, cited reasons similar to those that nearly […]

As state braces for COVID surge, $8.9 million sought for vaccine clinics and other initiatives

BY: - October 17, 2022

New Hampshire public health officials say they see a dangerous combination ahead: a winter rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, and low interest in coronavirus booster shots, especially the new bivalent dose targeted at omicron.  Approximately half of Granite Staters eligible for the first booster have gotten one and far fewer, about 35 percent, […]

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FDA, CDC greenlight updated COVID-19 booster for kids 5 to 11

BY: - October 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The federal government on Wednesday recommended an updated COVID-19 booster for kids between 5 and 11, expanding use of the new bivalent shots beyond people 12 and older.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first authorized the updated vaccines use in the morning before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended them […]

State misses deadline for program to expand school lunch aid 

BY: - October 10, 2022

Last month, a bipartisan majority of state senators sent Gov. Chris Sununu a letter with a last-minute request. The U.S. Department of Agriculture was continuing a program to allow states to automatically sign up eligible public school students for the free and reduced-price lunch program using their families’ Medicaid enrollment information. Twenty-seven states were already […]

Drug pricing board to face second repeal effort in Legislature

BY: - October 7, 2022

There will be a second attempt during the next legislative session to repeal a state board charged with helping the state reduce prescription drug costs for public employees with state, county, and local health insurance. A similar effort to repeal the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, created in 2020 with the support of Gov. Chris Sununu, […]

GOP executive councilors hold up funding for after-school sex ed they approved in prior years

BY: - October 6, 2022

This story was updated Oct. 6, 2022 at 8:45 a.m. to include a statement from the Bi-State Primary Care Association that was unintentionally omitted.  Three Executive Council Republicans have for a second time paused funding for a long-standing after-school sexual health education program for at-risk adolescents in Manchester and Sullivan County, areas with the highest […]

State is putting its vaccine vans back on the road

BY: - October 4, 2022

The state Department of Health and Human Services is returning three mobile vaccine vans to the road ahead of fall and winter, when the state has previously seen COVID-19 surges.  Businesses and community groups can book the vans for onsite vaccinations at no cost. The vans will also visit people who are homebound and unable […]

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Lawmaker aims to address hysterectomy hurdles

BY: - September 29, 2022

After other medical procedures had failed to stop Rep. Ellen Read’s years of heavy menstrual bleeding she asked an obstetrician to do a hysterectomy. The doctor declined. Several others did too, all for the same reason: Read was in her late 20s and they doubted her long-held decision not to have children. Read, a Newmarket […]