Health

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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 […]

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For some nursing students, vaccine mandate is a deal breaker

BY: - September 27, 2021

As the state prepares to hire a recruiting firm to bring desperately needed health care workers to New Hampshire, some nursing students with safety concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine are leaving their nursing programs over vaccine mandates. A new state law prohibits most of their colleges from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine, but their clinical sites […]

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Who will get a booster shot? A Q&A about what the feds are saying

BY: - September 23, 2021

This story was updated on Sept. 24 at 8:30 a.m. with new information about booster shot recommendations. WASHINGTON – Booster shots soon will begin rolling out to some Americans who received the two-shot vaccine made by Pfizer – after a contentious and confusing federal approval process that isn’t over yet. Determining who exactly should be […]

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Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the pandemic is traumatizing kids

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON – The coronavirus pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, even as most avoided serious illness themselves, pediatric experts told Congress on Wednesday. Take, for instance, a young girl from Tennessee named Sophia, whose story was relayed by Dr. Margaret Rush, president of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. […]

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Delegation urges federal officials to expedite reversal of ‘gag rule’ on family planning providers

BY: - September 22, 2021

Citing the Executive Council’s vote to defund the state’s three largest low-cost reproductive health care providers, the federal delegation has asked federal officials to expedite reversal of a Trump-era “gag rule” that is preventing the providers from accessing alternative funds. “Further delay in the approval process will result in prolonged funding shortfalls for family planning […]

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Sununu says he’s willing to bring back family planning contracts for another vote

BY: - September 21, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he is willing to bring back the recently rejected family planning contracts for another vote after learning two of the four Republican executive councilors who voted against the contracts cited insufficient information from the state Department of Health and Human Services as the reason for their vote. The department pushed […]

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Lawmakers to push for COVID-19 vaccine to be added to list of required immunizations for kids

BY: - September 21, 2021

New Hampshire Democratic lawmakers are pushing to add COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations required for all children – provided the vaccines become approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In a bill set to be introduced in 2022, eight Democrats, led by newly converted member Rep. William Marsh, aim to add COVID-19 […]

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Q&A: Clearing up the mask confusion

BY: - September 21, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 23, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. to clarify that 60 percent of KN95 masks on the market are believed to be counterfeits.  The best protection against serious illness, hospitalization, and asymptomatic transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be getting fully vaccinated. But with the state’s vaccination rate seemingly stuck at […]

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Sununu, councilors accused of abandoning ‘bipartisan history’ of protecting reproductive care

BY: - September 20, 2021

This story was updated on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. to clarify that the delegation’s comments were made on Monday, Sept. 20. Members of the federal delegation called on Gov. Chris Sununu and the state’s leading Republicans Monday to step up efforts to protect state and federal funding for the family planning centers that provide […]

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FDA panel backs COVID-19 booster shots only for elderly and high-risk Americans

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON – A federal health advisory panel wrestled Friday with whether to widely authorize a booster dose of Pfizer’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine for most Americans, ultimately recommending that a third dose be offered only to older or higher-risk individuals.   The Biden administration had hoped that states could begin rolling out a wide national booster shot […]