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Telehealth expansion in New Hampshire could become permanent after pandemic

CONCORD (AP) – The temporary expansion of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic would become permanent under a bill endorsed Thursday by a Senate committee. As passed by the House in March, the bill would allow reimbursement for medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders ...

Hassan pushes for support DoE help

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on reopening college campuses, urged the Department of Education to help ensure that college students can receive adjusted financial aid to account for changes in their financial situation, ...

AG: hospitals, nursing homes have immunity during emergency

CONCORD – Attorney General Gordon MacDonald issued a little-known opinion that says hospitals, nursing homes and other residential care facilities have the same immunity from lawsuits the state is entitled to as long as they comply with Gov. Chris Sununu’s emergency ...

All in N.H. can vote absentee with COVID-19 excuse

CONCORD – The state could go to “no excuse” absentee voting under a bill that is being considered by the Senate Election Law Committee. House Bill 1672, which has already passed the House 194-132, had its virtual public hearing in a Senate committee last week. An amendment, which ...

Citizenship concerns remain as immigration agency reopens

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) – For Albert Baraka, the ceremony outside the federal immigration office in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was brief, but life changing. The 20-year-old, who came to the country six years ago as a refugee from Congo, joined nine others Thursday morning to recite the oath of ...

Child Care is Essential Act is introduced

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., joined Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and additional colleagues in introducing the Child Care is Essential Act to address the child care crisis exacerbated by COVID-19. The legislation would create a $50 billion Child ...

Governor aims to rebuild Rhode Island’s health care system

Rhode Island plans to distribute as much as $150 million of federal stimulus money to help the state's hospitals recover from the financial hit they have taken during the coronavius pandemic, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Thursday. The pandemic has driven up costs, while at the same time the ...

Connecticut surpasses 4,000 deaths; Lamont fears complacency

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to decline, Connecticut surpassed 4,000 deaths from the virus on Thursday, prompting Gov. Ned Lamont to warn residents not to become complacent about social distancing. The Democrat said he's ...

Sununu supports protests; nursing home deaths continue

CONCORD – Three months to the day since the state’s first case of COVID-19 was announced, Gov. Chris Sununu said on Wednesday we have likely already hit bottom and using charts provided an optimistic update on the direction of the pandemic. And while he made no promises, Sununu said he ...

State revenues for May continue downward slide

CONCORD — State revenues for May are nearly one-quarter below what budget writers estimated would be returned. The rooms and meals, and business taxes were well below estimates. With many closed restaurants and hotels, the rooms and meals tax was below estimates by 58 percent, while ...

11 new COVID-19 deaths, 65 more cases

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 11 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday bringing the total to 256. They included six women and four men from Hillsborough County and one woman from Rockingham County, all over the age of 60. COVID-19 Map for June 2 The state ...

Judge denies motion in suit over out-of-staters’ quarantine

MASSACHUSETTS: City officials in Boston are concerned that many Asian American residents may not be getting tested for the new coronavirus. Boston's Chinatown zip code, where half the residents are of Asian descent, is one of city neighborhoods with the lowest percentage of positive ...

Legislation to bolster Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, N.H.-D2, voted in favor of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, which passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Kuster is a co-sponsor of this legislation which provides flexibility to the Paycheck Protection Program to make ...

Hassan leads charge in call for guidance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., led her colleagues in calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue specific guidance for when long-term care facilities can safely reopen their doors to visitors, and what steps long-term care facilities should take to ensure ...

For some, a case of COVID-19 can be life-changing

A dry cough, shortness of breath, a fever: These are the most well-known symptoms of COVID-19. But for some people who test positive, that’s just the beginning of what can be a life-changing ordeal. NHPR’s Jason Moon reports on two families whose battle with the virus will stay with them ...

For Pennsylvania post office, it ‘feels like Christmas’

The post office in Warren, Pennsylvania, has 16 vehicles, and Tim Rossman disinfects them daily. The process begins at 6 a.m. Rossman cleans the vehicles while another custodian takes a rag and bleach water solution to scanners, keys and cards. The inside of the vehicles used to be cleaned ...

Total cases and deaths by nursing homes reported

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced six new COVID-19 deaths Friday bringing the total to 238. They are four men and to women in Hillsborough County, all older than 60. The state also announced 107 new positive test results for COVID-19. There have now ...