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COVID-19 Crisis Threatens Financial Stability of the State and Residents

March 17, 2020 Common Cents
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The COVID-19 crisis poses a risk not only to the health of New Hampshire residents, but to their financial security and State revenues as well. State revenues finished the month of February ahead of the State Budget’s planned expenses, but the current revenue surplus is not nearly as significant as those the State has relied upon in recent years. The impacts of the crisis are likely to diminish State resources while also increasing the need for health and economic support services among Granite Staters.

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Risk of COVID-19 Exacerbates Disparities in Access to Health and Other Services

March 13, 2020 Common Cents
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With the potential for an increased need for health services in the coming weeks as the 2019 novel coronavirus spreads, Granite Staters face uneven access to health care. Successful access to health services typically requires access to both health providers and coverage, and often the ability to pay expenses out-of-pocket. Approximately 77,000 New Hampshire residents, or about one in twenty, lacked health coverage in 2018, and the number of residents per primary care physician varied considerably across different regions of the state.

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2020 Census Will Help Determine Federal Funding for Health and Other Services

March 12, 2020 Common Cents
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Obtaining an accurate Census count is critical for determining the level of federal funding a state receives and for establishing proper representation in legislative chambers. Population statistics and other data derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s constitutionally-mandated decennial count of all individuals living in the United States provide a basis for understanding how to deploy resources to eligible states, communities, and people. Aid from the federal government is critical for supporting public health, transportation, and supports for individuals with limited incomes in the state.

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Initiatives Aim to Increase Rural Access to Broadband Internet Services

2 Jul 2020

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Broadband internet availability and use is uneven between rural and urban areas of New Hampshire. A lack of key broadband infrastructure connecting many homes in rural regions has resulted in increased connection challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis has required individuals and families to transition many activities from face-to-face interactions to virtual communication, and has increased the necessity of reliable broadband internet services among Granite Staters. Key legislation recently passed by the New Hampshire Legislature, new state level initiatives, and federal investments may aid in expanding broadband internet services to underserved areas of the state, and help ensure more Granite Staters will be online at sufficient broadband speeds in the future.

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