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An Overview of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law SB 413, which created the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.  SB 413 was sponsored by Senators Chuck Morse, Sylvia Larsen, Jeb Bradley, Peggy Gilmour, Bob Odell, and Lou D’Allesandro and uses three approaches to extend affordable health insurance to low-income Granite Staters:

  • the Health Insurance Premium Program;
  • the Bridge to Marketplace Premium Assistance Program, and;
  • the Marketplace Premium Assistance Program.

The table below summarizes each of these approaches along with other key provisions of the legislation.

 

Key Provisions of the 2014 Health Protection Program as Enacted

 

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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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