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COVID-19 Resource Page: Impacts and Challenges in New Hampshire

March 25, 2020 State Economy

The impacts of the COVID-19 crisis will affect New Hampshire residents in many ways, from both the immediate health and financial impacts to long-term economic consequences. NHFPI will continue to publish resources examining issues related to the COVID-19 crisis, including health policy, economic security supports for Granite Staters, economic trends, state revenues, the effects of federal policy responses, and the services supported through the State Budget. This page will continue to be updated as new NHFPI resources are published.

 

Federal CARES Act to Provide Relief to Residents, $1.25 Billion to New Hampshire State Government
March 27, 2020
The United States Congress has approved federal emergency relief for individuals and states in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This approximately $2 trillion emergency relief package provides supports for individuals, families with children, and states in the forms of one-time grants, unemployment compensation benefits, and other assistance, with many other provisions designed to help people and businesses through the COVID-19 public health crisis and sharp economic contraction.

Food Insecurity Among Granite State Students May Increase Due to COVID-19 Crisis
March 25, 2020
Many New Hampshire students from households with low incomes are food insecure and depend on access to free or reduced-price meals at school. These meals are provided through a combination of federal, state, and local programs designed to reduce food insecurity.

New Hampshire’s Older and At-Risk Populations May Require Greater Levels of Care in COVID-19 Crisis
March 24, 2020
New Hampshire’s population may be disproportionately vulnerable to more severe instances of  COVID-19 due in part to the state’s older demographic. With higher estimated percentages of older adults and younger at-risk adults than the country as a whole, New Hampshire’s health care system may be especially strained to respond to this crisis.

Many New Hampshire Workers Vulnerable to Economic, Health Impacts of COVID-19 Crisis
March 23, 2020
Workers in New Hampshire may be disproportionately likely to be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, as some of the state’s largest employment sectors include those most immediately affected. These impacts include both a higher risk of actual exposure to the 2019 novel coronavirus, and less income from reduced hours or eliminated positions for workers who already had some of the lowest incomes and least job stability among New Hampshire’s workforce.

State and Federal Governments Adjust Policies, Allocate Resources to COVID-19 Crisis Response
March 20, 2020
Both the State and federal governments have taken key actions this week to stem both the health and economic harm generated by the COVID-19 crisis. Although many more resources will be needed to stem the widespread hardship already beginning to impact the country, these initial steps will be critical to supporting those who are most in need.

Rainy Day Fund May Provide Resources for Emergency Supports
March 19, 2020
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.

COVID-19 Crisis Threatens Financial Stability of the State and Residents
March 17, 2020
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.

Risk of COVID-19 Exacerbates Disparities in Access to Health and Other Services
March 13, 2020
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.

 

Additional NHFPI Resources

 

Economy and Income

New Hampshire’s Workforce, Wages, and Economic Opportunity
August 30, 2019
The benefits of New Hampshire’s recent economic recovery did not reach all Granite Staters equally. Many Granite Staters have gained little ground in the last decade.

New Hampshire’s Numbers: Resource Inequities by County and Population Group in 2014-2018
February 7, 2020
Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey provide insights into the economic conditions of New Hampshire residents.

Census Bureau 2018 Estimates for Income, Poverty, Housing Costs, and Health Coverage
October 9, 2019
The U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey data provide estimates of population characteristics and provide year-to-year comparisons of key indicators affecting the lives of Granite Staters, including data concerning household income, poverty, rental housing costs, and health coverage.

 

Health Policy and Medicaid

Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Care Service Delivery Limited by Workforce Challenges
March 15, 2019
For people who are chronically ill or have a disability and who are seeking an alternative to nursing home care, New Hampshire’s Medicaid program provides long-term care coverage for eligible adults of limited means in home- and community-based settings. Choices for Independence Medicaid Waiver services are delivered through providers who are reimbursed by federal, county, and state government funds for delivering home- and community-based care. These services are also typically less expensive than nursing home care, and help individuals remain in their homes and communities.

Access to Home- and Community-Based Medicaid Services Limited by Workforce Shortages
March 15, 2019
New Hampshire Choices for Independence (CFI) Medicaid Waiver services provide home- and community-based services to individuals who are chronically ill or have a disability. Those in need of home- and community-based services, however, may not receive them due to a lack of available workers to deliver services.

 

Food Insecurity

New Hampshire’s Food Insecurity Levels Return to Pre-Recession Levels
September 27, 2019
According to new USDA estimates released in September 2019, New Hampshire and the nation had experienced improvements in households’ access to food. Relative improvements in the economy and the effectiveness of supplemental food programs contributed to declining levels of food insecurity.

The Potential Impacts of Proposed SNAP Eligibility and Work Requirement Changes on Food Insecurity
October 9, 2019
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enhances the ability of individuals and families with low incomes to purchase healthy and nutritious food. Over two-thirds of participants are families with low incomes. The remaining beneficiaries include individuals with low incomes, those with temporary or permanent disabilities, and older adults on fixed-incomes. About one in eight children across New Hampshire benefit from SNAP, and 73,959 individuals were enrolled as of August 2019.

Pending Federal Proposals Would Reduce SNAP Benefits, Including Enrollment of Households with Children
October 25, 2019
These proposed rule changes have the potential to increase food insecurity. The reduction of federal dollars, which fund all SNAP benefits, flowing to New Hampshire would cause households, particularly households with children, to have fewer resources for food.

 

State Budget

The State Budget for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021
December 19, 2019
The New Hampshire State Budget funds important services for Granite State families and children, supporting the infrastructure, education and health services, and public amenities that residents use daily. The State Budget for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, which provides funding through June 30, 2021, includes increased investments in key areas, including public education and health services.

 

 

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The United States Congress has approved federal emergency relief for individuals and states in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This approximately $2 trillion emergency relief package provides supports for individuals, families with children, and states in the forms of one-time grants, unemployment compensation benefits, and other assistance, with many other provisions designed to help people and businesses through the COVID-19 public health crisis and sharp economic contraction. The CARES Act is the third, and by far the largest in appropriations, of three bills from Congress in March to address the COVID-19 crisis.

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