Action Alert: Senate Vote on Tuesday, June 16th!
This week, legislative committees reconvened to hold virtual hearings on several significant bills impacting the health and wellness of our state. Due to the outpouring of support from YOU, all four of our campaigns took big steps forward and are headed to the Senate floor for vote this coming Tuesday. Thank you so much to all who submitted testimony, joined in the virtual hearings, contacted their senators, or offered their support in any way. We are so close to the Governor's desk, but there is still work to be done! Let's keep this momentum going to promote the health and wellness of children, youth, and families.
ACTION NEEDED ahead of the full Senate votes set to take place this Tuesday (6/16):
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 by creating a drug affordability board to develop cost-saving strategies and policies, among other measures.
New Hampshire’s rate of tobacco use among youth remains one of the country’s highest and is continuing to rise. Today, 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.
Telehealth, in which a patient has access to a health care provider via telephone or videoconferencing, goes far to eliminate many of these barriers and 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.
Thank you again for your continued advocacy!