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Thursday
May152014

NH House Republican Alliance: Statement on SB 308 - More money to HHS 

The House Republican Alliance issued a statement today on the passage of SB 308, a bill that will increase the amount of funding paid to the health services planning and review board.  

 

"The board already receives $500,000 to operate and keep out competition in health care through the Certificate of Need program.  They are now asking and receiving another $300,000, a 60% increase in their funding because the board does not have the expertise to develop a state plan.  One  must question what the first $500,000 was used for, if not their expertise and now we are lavishing even more money on them?" Stated Rep. Dan McGuire, Epsom." We are potentially facing a $400 million deficit if the MET law is not upheld.  We should be looking for ways to trim our budget and work efficiently, not continually growing spending."

Tuesday
May062014

NH DHHS - New Hampshire Seniors Recognized for Volunteer Service

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

Commissioner (DHHS) Nicholas Toumpas and Governor Maggie Hassan joined with

the State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH to recognize this

year’s recipients of the Vaughan Awards. The Joseph D. Vaughan Awards are

presented annually to a couple or individual from each county who are 60 or

older and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and volunteer service on

behalf of senior citizens across New Hampshire.



"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 Joseph D. Vaughan Award was initiated in 1962 to memorialize the

Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, a New Hampshire legislator. Vaughan was an

early advocate for older residents of the state and was instrumental in

creating a State agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.



“New Hampshire’s senior volunteers are a vital part of our communities,”

said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “They bring a lifetime of

experience to the organizations they serve. All our lives are enriched by

their service. We thank and recognize our Vaughan Award winners and all

our senior volunteers for the countless hours they give to helping improve

the lives of others.”



This year’s Vaughan Award recipients are:

Belknap County: Emily LaPlante of Tilton

Carroll County: William Volk of North Conway

Cheshire County: Tuck and Bobbie Gilbert of Jaffrey

Coos County: Patricia Riley of Gorham

Grafton County: Maud Thompson of Littleton

Hillsborough County: Jim Orr of Peterborough

Merrimack County: Doris Morrow of Newbury

Rockingham County: Elaine Houde of Salem

Strafford County: Richard Cooper of Dover

Sullivan County: Elaine Bevilacqua of Goshen.

Tuesday
May062014

NH DHHS - State Investigates Manchester Orthodontic Practice for Improper Infection Control

Doctor’s License Suspended


Concord, NH – Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and the New Hampshire Board

of Dental Examiners announce that the Board has suspended the license of

Nicholas Marshall, Jr., D.D.S., of Manchester, New Hampshire, effective

April 28, 2014.



The Board’s action is in response to findings made by investigators for the

Board during an unannounced inspection of Dr. Marshall’s practice at 835

Hanover Street, #202 in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 24, 2014. As a

result of the inspection, the Board found that Dr. Marshall’s practice, as

currently operated, poses an imminent threat to the life, safety and/or

health of his patients.



On April 28, 2014, the Board issued an Order of Emergency Suspension and

Notice of Hearing. This order suspended Dr. Marshall’s license

immediately. A public hearing before the Board is currently scheduled for

4:00 p.m. on May 22, 2014, for the purpose of determining whether Dr.

Marshall’s license will remain suspended.



The Attorney General’s Office notified the Department of Health and Human

Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services about possible improper

infection control practices at the office. DHHS staff, in collaboration

with the Manchester Health Department and the New Hampshire Board of Dental

Examiners, are investigating to determine the potential scope of the

breaches and have determined that the risk of infection for patients is

very low. DHHS is recommending that patients who are concerned speak with

their healthcare provider about the possibility of being tested for HIV,

Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. Patients with questions or who do not have

health insurance can call 603-271-9461 (1-800-852-3345 x9461) Monday–Friday

from 8:00 am–4:00 pm. Only people who were patients of Dr. Nicholas

Marshall, Jr. are potentially at risk for possible exposure to blood borne

illness. Medicaid patients can call Client Services directly at

603-271-4344 (1-800-852-3345 x4344) for help finding another orthodontist.



The Board’s Order of Emergency Suspension and Notice of Hearing is

attached. It may also be obtained from the New Hampshire Board of Dental

Examiners, 121 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH, 603-271-4561. For more

information about the DHHS investigation, go to

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/investigations/marshall.htm.



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Saturday
May032014

NH DHHS - Senior Volunteers to be Honored for their Service

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas will join with Governor Maggie Hassan, the

State Committee on Aging (SCOA) and EngAGING NH on Monday, May 5th to

present the Joseph D. Vaughan Awards to senior volunteers. SCOA and

EngAGING NH have selected an individual or couple from each county to be

recognized for their volunteer service. This award was initiated in 1962

to memorialize the Honorable Joseph D. Vaughan, who was instrumental in

creating a State agency dedicated to the well being of senior citizens.

The awards recognize people age 60 and older for their outstanding

volunteer efforts on behalf of New Hampshire’s seniors. The Vaughan Award

presentation will begin at 1:30 PM in the Governor and Council Chamber at

the State House in Concord.



This year's recipients are:

Belknap County: Emily LaPlante of Tilton

Carroll County: William Volk of North Conway

Cheshire County: Tuck and Bobbie Gilbert of Jaffrey

Coos County: Patricia Riley of Gorham

Grafton County: Maud Thompson of Littleton

Hillsborough County: Jim Orr of Peterborough

Merrimack County: Doris Morrow of Newbury

Rockingham County: Elaine Houde of Salem

Strafford County: Richard Cooper of Dover

Sullivan County: Elaine Bevilacqua of Goshen.





EVENT 2014 Vaughan Award Presentation



DATE Monday, May 5th

1:30 PM



LOCATION Governor and Council Chamber

Room 208

State House

Concord, NH

Friday
May022014

NH DHHS - NH Launches Underage Drinking Prevention Video

Concord – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) is announcing the launch of a

new underage drinking prevention video. The video is a new tool to help

raise awareness about underage drinking and to help in prevention efforts.



“It is incredibly disturbing to see statistics that show New Hampshire

ranked second in the nation for alcohol use in the past month among 12 – 20

year olds,” said DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas. “It’s our hope that this

video provides the opportunity for all of us – parents, caregivers and

communities to come together and address an issue that has significant

health consequences on our youth.”



The New Hampshire produced video stresses the importance of talking with

kids about the dangers associated with underage drinking. Studies have

shown that kids who learn about the risks of alcohol from their parents or

other adults in their lives are up to 50% less likely to use alcohol than

those who do not.



“Prevention of underage drinking is one of our priorities in the work we do

with our regional partners,” said BDAS Director Joe Harding. “We want this

video to be what helps get the conversation started among parents,

caregivers and youth as the consequences of not addressing this issue are

too high.”



The video is being released in advance of prom and graduation season as

these milestone events have been seen in recent years as a drinking rite of

passage for some youth. The video stresses the importance of starting a

conversation with youth about the hazards of drinking, and reminds everyone

that this conversation should be an ongoing dialogue.



BDAS’ federal prevention partner - SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental

Health Services Administration) provided a grant to produce the video.



To access the video go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/media/av/drug-free-nh.htm.

For additional resources on talking to youth about starting the

conversation visit www.drugfreenh.org