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NH DHHS - More than 40,000 NH Residents Enrolled in New Hampshire Health Protection Program

Concord, NH – As of May 27, 2015, more than 40,000 New Hampshire residents

have enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP).

Enrollment for the Program began on July 1, 2014, and coverage began on

August 15, 2014.

“This is the biggest expansion of coverage for New Hampshire residents in

our history,” said Nicholas Toumpas, Commissioner of the New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “We are proud to have

reached so many of our neighbors in such a short period of time.”

New Hampshire’s health care expansion plan, signed into law in March 2014,

allows New Hampshire residents between 19 and 65 years old and with a

household income of up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to be

eligible for NHHPP coverage at little to no cost. The program is scheduled

to sunset on December 13, 2016 unless it is reauthorized by the New

Hampshire Legislature.

“Our bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program is strengthening

the health and financial security of more than 40,000 hard-working Granite

Staters, boosting our economy and reducing uncompensated care that shifts

costs onto all of our families and businesses,” said Governor Maggie

Hassan. “Reauthorizing this bipartisan program beyond the end of 2016 is

critical for the health of our people and our economy, as uncertainty about

the continuation of the program could lead to rising rates for all

consumers. Uncertainty about the program’s future could also cause insurers

to decide not to offer coverage in New Hampshire in 2017. We must work

together to find a bipartisan path forward.”

NHHPP, which is administered by DHHS, provides two new programs for

coverage: the Health Insurance Premium Payment Program and the Bridge

Program. The Health Insurance Premium Payment Program is for residents ages

19 to 65 who have access to health insurance through an employer and fall

below certain income thresholds. The Bridge Program is also for residents

ages 19 to 65 who don’t have coverage.

“For many, peace of mind means getting coverage for preventive care such as

regular checkups,” said Toumpas. “It also means they will now be covered

for emergency care due to accidents, for mental health counseling and for

substance use treatment.”

Those interested in getting more information can enroll one of three ways:

online at, by calling our Medicaid Services Center at

1-888-901-4999, or by visiting one of the DHHS district offices across the


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NH DHHS - Public Health Labs Open House

Public Health Laboratories Open House

When: Thursday, May 28, 2015

1:00–3:00 pm

Where: NH Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Labs

29 Hazen Drive

Concord, NH

The New Hampshire Public Health Laboratories will host an open house in the

lobby of the Department of Health and Human Services building at 29 Hazen

Drive, Concord. Guests will have the opportunity to view displays of recent

work that highlight the role of the Public Health Labs in protecting the

public health of New Hampshire residents, chat with laboratory scientists,

and tour the laboratories.


NH DHHS Releases Updated Report on Work-Related Injuries in New Hampshire

Numbers Are Mainly Holding Steady

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

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services released a new report on

occupational injury and illness in the State. Data from 2000–2013

highlights work-related hospitalizations, burns, respiratory illness,

cancer, and amputations. This is an updated version of the report from


The report finds that from 2000–2012 there were 160 work-related fatalities

in New Hampshire. There were over 171,000 work-related emergency department

hospital discharges for persons age 16 and older for the same time period.

For three years—2007, 2008, and 2010—New Hampshire’s rate of mesothelioma,

a cancer of the lining of the lung associated with asbestos exposure, was

significantly higher than the U.S. rate. More than 53,000 New Hampshire

workers are currently employed in high mortality risk occupations, and more

than 79,000 workers are employed in high mortality risk industries.

“Work-related injuries and illnesses can be prevented with appropriate and

targeted interventions,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public

Health at DHHS. “We must be proactive as industries and jobs change in our

State and vigilant in collecting accurate, timely, and meaningful data to

better inform our intervention efforts.”

The trends suggest a decrease in many of the occupational injury and

illness rates in New Hampshire. Successful approaches to making the

workplace safer begin with having the most accurate and current

occupational health surveillance data, which are necessary to understand

the root causes of the problems that lead to occupational injury and


The data were collected by reviewing various state administrative health

and injury databases, the NH State Cancer Registry, as well as population

based phone surveys. To view the entire report, visit the DHHS website at


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: For more information about Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases, visit the
DHHS website at or the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at
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2015 Vaughan Awards Presented to NH Seniors for Outstanding Volunteer Service 

New Hampshire Seniors Honored for Their Volunteer Service

Joseph D. Vaughan Award Presented to Seniors Volunteering to Help Seniors

Concord, NH – At a ceremony held in the State House Executive Council

Chambers today, Governor Maggie Hassan was joined by New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, the

State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH in presenting the 2015

Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to seniors in recognition of their outstanding

volunteer efforts on behalf of fellow New Hampshire seniors.

"One of my favorite things about New Hampshire is the 'all-hands-on-deck'

spirit of our people," Governor Hassan said. "We roll up our sleeves, pitch

in and work together to improve our communities. The Vaughan Award winners

exemplify that spirit, and on behalf of all Granite Staters, I thank the

recipients for their unyielding dedication to helping their neighbors and

for service to their community."

The Awards were initiated in 1962 to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D.

Vaughan, the state legislator instrumental in creating an agency dedicated

to the health and well-being of New Hampshire’s senior citizens. They

annually recognize an individual or couple age 60 and older from each

County for their extraordinary volunteer service.

“The generosity, hard work and caring spirit of these dedicated volunteers

help seniors remain independent through important steps in a life’s

journey,” said DHHS Commissioner Toumpas. “Volunteers are truly the

backbone of life in our State. Congratulations to these terrific seniors

who are most deserving of this prestigious recognition for their unwavering

commitment to service.”

This year's recipients are:

Belknap County: Peter Cassell of Laconia

Carroll County: Richard and Alice Vierus of Center


Cheshire County: Dr. Owen Houghton of Jaffrey

Coos County: Jacqueline Gagne of Berlin

Grafton County: Kate Kelly of Bethlehem

Hillsborough County: Ernest Gould, Sr. of Hillsborough

Merrimack County: Grace Anderson of Salisbury

Rockingham County: Charlene Mitchell of Newmarket

Strafford County: Lorraine Meyer of Farmington

Sullivan County: Kathleen Crevier of Marlow

(See attached WORD document for a brief summary of each recipient’s

volunteer service.)

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