Less than six months after sign-ups began, New Hampshire is already close to meeting its first-year enrollment target for the state's newly expanded Medicaid program.
The state's previous Medicaid program covered low-income children, parents with non-disabled children under 18, pregnant women, older residents and people with disabilities. The expansion adds anyone under 65 who earns up to 138 percent of federal poverty guidelines, which is about $15,900 for a single adult.
A survey of senior centers in New Hampshire shows that nearly 19 percent of older adults are in need of early or urgent dental care that may be difficult for them to access.
A total of 610 adults age 60 and older were screened last winter and this spring in the survey, which was funded by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services. The survey said 38 of the participants received restorative treatment using state funds.
Plymouth State University is working with a local crisis intervention agency to raise awareness about sexual assault.
The university is partnering with Voices Against Violence to create a bystander intervention policy to help prevent sexual violence and provide support to victims. Similar to programs at the University of New Hampshire and elsewhere, the bystander policy encourages students to safely intervene when they see a risk of danger.
Meg Kennedy-Dugan, director of Voices Against Violence, says her organization will provide resources to students, faculty and staff.
Standing in Market Square Friday afternoon, you could hear a hoarse striker’s voice cracking as he chanted along to “what do we want?” “A contract.” “When do we want it?” “Now.”
About 100 striking FairPoint workers were rallying to mark the 50th day of the strike. These unionized telecommunications workers haven’t seen a paycheck since they walked off the job in October. Many have spent the time attending rallies as far away as Montpelier, Vermont and Portland, Maine.
Around the country, protestors have been gathering to voice their concern over violence against black Americans by police officers. Last night, one of those protests was held in Hanover. (You can see photos of the protest here.)
The recent disintegration and crash of a Virgin Galactic suborbital space plane raised questions about the safety and viability of space tourism. On today’s show we consider another issue for commercial spaceflight….the psychological effects of leaving earth.
Then, we can all remember our favorite sports movies – but what about our favorite sports-based books? Bill Littlefield of NPR’s Only a Game talks about his favorite sportswriters, and reads from his new collection of athletics inspired poetry.
Plus, a conversation with America’s only water sommelier. That’s right, water sommelier.
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12.7.14: Mental Effects Of Space Travel, Bill Littlefield, Water Taste Test
New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter has a strong resume, but says she’s not yet ready to pledge her support.
During a stop in Nashua Friday, Ayotte, a Republican member of the Armed Services Committee, says it’s important to get through the nomination hearing process before making that decision.
“One of the things I will want to ask him a number of questions about is the administration’s foreign policy, and what his views are for a strategy for the challenges we face, whether it’s ISIS, whether it’s Russian aggression.”