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Thursday
Jul092015

US Rep Guinta Announces We the People Initiative

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) launched a new initiative entitled “We the People.”  The purpose of which is to facilitate increased feedback from Granite Staters whose ideas have already led to legislation the Congressman has introduced and ushered through the House of Representatives. 

“Ultimately, Washington can only govern effectively when you are invested, you are involved and you are informing your representatives as to what the Congress should be focusing on.  For our republic to work, you must be in charge.  The “We the People” Initiative serves to make my office available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I encourage everyone to email, call or text me to share your thoughts and ideas so that I may continue working to make Washington work for the great state of New Hampshire.”

 

With the help and feedback of key organizations, stakeholders and constituents in New Hampshire, Congressman Guinta has been able to get two pieces of legislation passed unanimously by the House of Representatives – including an amendment to prevent the closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and an amendment to increase funding for our nation’s drug courts.

 

Congressman Guinta is currently working on drafting a bipartisan bill to address our heroin epidemic to be released this summer and encourages those affected by this growing epidemic to participate in the “We the People” Initiative to introduce the best bill to help curb this issue.

 

Congressman Guinta encourages all constituents of New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District to participate in this new initiative by emailing wethepeople@mail.house.gov or by calling or texting 603.250.6850.

 

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Sunday
Jul052015

Ayotte For US Senate - Happy 4th of July!

We are blessed to live in the greatest country on Earth. On Independence Day, we reflect on the bedrock principles upon which our nation was founded -- the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The incredible resolve, ingenuity, and spirit of the American people -- and our commitment to live up to those ideals -- have made our nation an enduring beacon of hope and prosperity for the world. 

Our freedom is not free, and this is also a time to honor the generations of Americans who have defended our nation and fought to advance freedom's cause - especially the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I hope you enjoy time with family and friends during this holiday weekend, and I wish all Granite Staters a safe and happy Independence Day! 

Kelly

Saturday
Jun272015

US Rep Guinta fighting to preserve Granite State land, water and heritage 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – This week, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) introduced an amendment to the Department of Interior Appropriations package to increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund by $16 million for essential outdoor programs.

“As Granite Staters know, we are blessed to call one of the most pristine ecological environments in our nation ‘home.’  From the Seacoast region to the White Mountain National Forest to Lake Winnipesauke – outdoor recreation and programs are vital to our economy supporting $4.2 billion in consumer spending, nearly 50,000 Granite State jobs and $293 million annually in state and local revenue.  We must continue to fight on behalf of the Land, Water and Conservation Fund to strengthen vital programs which preserve our beautiful state.”

 

To view Congressman Guinta’s floor speech in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, please click here.

Tuesday
May122015

US Reps Guinta & Kuster highlight mental health bill, hear from local advocates at Mental Health Summit 

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WASHINGTON. D.C. – This morning, Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a mental health summit to announce draft legislation the two Representatives are planning to introduce jointly in order to improve mental health care across the country. Nearly 100 mental health advocates, experts, and professionals from across the Granite State were in attendance to discuss the draft legislation and other initiatives to improve the mental health system in New Hampshire. 

 

"Reforming our mental health system is a cause both near and dear to my heart. As the primary caretaker of a family member battling a mental illness, I know firsthand how our current system is failing those with these illnesses and also where there are opportunities to strengthen our system. This is a common-sense and bipartisan issue; and I look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Kuster to fix this urgent issue facing the Granite State,” said Guinta.

 

“I was so pleased to host this joint summit with Congressman Guinta in order to hear directly from local stakeholders in New Hampshire about how best to increase access to mental health care for those in need.  It’s long past time to remove the stigma around mental health and ensure that high quality care is offered in the Granite State and beyond, and I’m proud to join with Congressman Guinta in drafting legislation to improve mental health services across the nation. Today’s summit gave us a chance to receive feedback on our legislation from those in the community who are working on these issues every day on the ground in New Hampshire, and we look forward to incorporating their thoughts in our bill as we prepare to introduce the legislation in the House,” said Rep. Kuster.

 

The draft legislation being discussed during the summit looks to address several aspects of mental health services and treatment, including the formation of a Mental Health Coordination Committee to establish a national strategy for the treatment of mental illness, the expansion of current demonstration projects for Federally Qualified Community Health centers, and increased investment in research for the prevention and treatment of mental illness disorders.  Guinta and Kuster will use the feedback they heard at the summit to revise and improve their proposal before introducing the joint legislation at a later date.

 

Today’s summit gave advocates, providers, and state lawmakers a chance to discuss with Guinta and Kuster the challenges facing Granite Staters with mental illness, the current support system and treatment options, plans to improve services, and their thoughts on how Congress can better support the mental health community.  Following welcoming remarks by Guinta and Kuster, three discussion panels on Co-occurring Disorders, Barriers to Care, and Mental Health and the Justice System took place. Kuster and Guinta were joined at the summit by NH DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas, NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau, and NAMI NH Executive Director Ken Norton, as well as representatives from the health care, law enforcement, mental health, substance abuse, and corrections communities. 

 

 

(May 11, 2015 | Congressman Guinta and Congresswoman Kuster during today’s mental health summit with local advocates)

 

 

Friday
May082015

NH DHHS Releases New Tick Disease Prevention Plan

Reminds Residents to Take Precautions against Tickborne Diseases

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has released a Tickborne

Disease Prevention Plan that provides detailed information about the

tickborne diseases encountered in New Hampshire and methods to prevent

them. The intent of this plan is to describe preventative measures and

actions that are recommended by DHHS for individuals in NH to prevent

tickborne disease.



“Lyme disease is a major public health issue in New Hampshire. The

Tickborne Disease Prevention Plan provides a collaborative and

comprehensive approach to staying safe from the type of tick that carries

Lyme disease,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, State Epidemiologist. “Blacklegged

ticks carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. These ticks even cause

other infections besides Lyme disease. This new plan highlights the many

ways that we can prevent tick bites."



In 2014, there were an estimated 1,415 cases of Lyme disease in New

Hampshire. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC), there were over 36,000 cases in the United States in 2013 (the most

recent year for which data are available), and New Hampshire had the second

highest incidence rate of Lyme disease in the country.



Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdoferi and is

transmitted to people by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (also

known as the deer tick). The greatest risk for Lyme disease is between the

months of May and August when the blacklegged tick is in the nymphal stage.

The nymph is about the size of a poppy seed and very difficult to see, so

individuals may be unaware they have been bitten. Ticks that transmit Lyme

disease can also transmit other diseases, such as anaplasmosis, babesiosis,

and Powassan virus. Although not as common as Lyme disease, these have been

documented in New Hampshire.



Symptoms of Lyme disease in the early stages can include fever, headache,

fatigue, and most often a red skin rash that is round and may look like a

bull’s-eye. Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics, but if left

untreated can lead to complications of meningitis (inflammation of the

lining around the spinal cord), pain and swelling in large joints, and

heart complications.



DHHS recommends taking the following precautions to prevent tick bites:

Avoid tick-infested areas such as overgrown grass, brush, and leaflitter
Use insect repellent labeled as effective against ticks

Wear protective clothing (long pants and long sleeves to keep ticks off skin)

Do daily tick checks on yourself, family members, and pets, especially after being outdoors

Consult with your veterinarian about tick prevention for pets
Shower soon after returning indoors to wash or rinse off any unattached ticks
Reduce ticks around your home by keeping grass short, removing leaf
litter, and minimizing habitat or food sources for deer and rodents, which can carry ticks
Speak with your healthcare provider if you are bitten by a tick or if you notice a large round rash anywhere on you
The plan is available on the DHHS website at:
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/documents/tbdpreventionplan.pdf. For more information about Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases, visit the
DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/lyme/index.htm or the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at
www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html.
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