Legislative Update

The Legislature is officially suspended through April 10th.  The State House and Legislative Office Building are not open.  If the Legislature resumes on April 13th, we can expect bills will crossover from House to Senate (and vice versa) by the end of April. That means the session may be extended into June.  As of now, they are to be finished with most business by Memorial Day.  

The healthcare communities are scrambling to prepare for what may be a long spring with COVID-19 virus testing and treating patients with the virus.  This pandemic has hit in so many different ways.  The Governor’s Office, Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Unemployment Security to name a few have been doing an exemplary job working with the healthcare community to deal with the issues that are paramount.  Congresswoman Kuster was on a call on Tuesday for two hours with 118 members of the health care community listening to the issues such a childcare for the emergency workers and trying to find solutions.  Everyone is listening and trying to help.  We are fortunate to live in a state where everyone rolls up his or her sleeves to help.

The Governor has issued Emergency Order # 9 creating an Emergency Healthcare System relief Fund.  It can disburse up to $50 million in “grants or loans” through DHHS.  There may be more EOs to come. 

If you have specific issues, please let the NHNPA know so they can be communicated to our State Government.  They are listening. Stay well and stay tuned for a legislative update hopefully by mid-April.


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