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Several critical bills are being voted on by the New Hampshire Senate on Tuesday, June 16. If passed, these bills could have major positive implications for the health and safety of our youth and families, the cost of prescription drugs, and access to quality health care now and in the future. Please take a few minutes to contact your state senator regarding these bills.
New Hampshire’s rate of tobacco use among youth remains one of the country’s highest and is continuing to rise. According to the 2019 New Hampshire Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 50% of Granite State youth have tried e-cigarettes and nearly 34% report current use. Tobacco 21 is the evidence-based age proven to support prevention, healthy development, and long-term health and safety.
RX Drug Price Relief
It is more important than ever that Granite Staters can afford and access the medications they rely upon to live. The package of drug price relief bills will help to limit cost increases by allowing New Hampshire to import certain medications from Canada, requiring insurance companies to cover epi-pens, capping the price of insulin, and creating a drug affordability board to develop cost-saving strategies and policies, among other measures.
Telehealth, in which a patient has access to a health care provider via telephone or videoconferencing, goes far to increase access to needed health care services for thousands of Granite Staters. It is critical NH expand access to telehealth permanently to help us overcome COVID-19 and support the health and wellness of our state into the future.
Behavioral Health Services in Schools
It is important we ensure NH youth get the social and emotional supports they need. This can be achieved by providing assistance to school districts to implement Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Behavioral Health and Wellness (MTSS-B). It is essential this evidence-based prevention framework is in NH schools to support our youth and help improve school culture. When a child’s social and emotion needs are met we know academic achievement can improve significantly.
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