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  • 05/13/2020 3:34 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Governor Mills Extends State of Civil Emergency As Maine Continues to Combat COVID-19

    May 13, 2020

    As the State continues to respond to COVID-19, Governor Janet Mills today signed a proclamation extending Maine’s state of civil emergency for thirty days through June 11, 2020. This will be Governor Mills’ second extension of the State of Civil Emergency.

    According to the National Governors Association, all States and Territories, including those in New England, have ongoing emergency declarations. The Governor’s proclamation comes as other governors across the nation also extend their respective states of emergency. Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced earlier this week he intends to renew his state of emergency as well. 

    “The State of Civil Emergency allows state government to deploy all available resources to protect the health and safety of Maine people and to respond quickly and as-needed to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Mills. “It also allows us to continue to draw critical Federal resources that help us equip frontline workers with needed protective equipment and to use Federal resources to support the State’s response.” 

    A State of Civil Emergency in part enables Maine’s access to critical federal aid to boost response efforts. The State of Emergency proclamation is separate and distinct from the Governor’s Executive Orders and from the Restarting Maine’s Economy plan. The Governor’s Executive Orders and the Restarting Maine’s Economy plan remain in effect and unchanged.

    For up-to-date information on Maine’s response to COVID-19, please visit Coronavirus.Maine.Gov.


  • 05/13/2020 3:33 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Mills Administration Launches Campaign to Remind Maine People to Explore Their Health Coverage Options in the Face of COVID-19

    May 13, 2020

    Those who have lost a job or income can visit CoverME.gov to learn more and apply

    The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today launched a statewide campaign to promote awareness of affordable health insurance options, particularly for people whose employment or income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    DHHS is launching a special outreach campaign to remind Maine people about CoverME.gov, a resource for finding affordable health insurance options, in response to the changing economic circumstances caused by the pandemic. Maine residents who have recently lost a job or income may also lose their health insurance provided through their employer or now be struggling to afford their monthly insurance premium. Many of these individuals may qualify for a free or low-cost plan through MaineCare (Maine Medicaid) or the federal marketplace.

    The statewide campaign will include digital, social media, and television advertisements, with ads beginning this week and continuing through June.

    Maine DHHS is also collaborating with the Maine Department of Labor to inform those applying for unemployment insurance that they may be eligible for affordable health insurance options.

    “From expanding Medicaid early on to signing into law the Made for Maine Health Coverage Act, my Administration has always fought to expand access to affordable health care for Maine people,” said Governor Janet Mills. “COVID-19 further underscores the importance of having health insurance. I urge Maine people, particularly those who may have lost income or health insurance as a result of the pandemic, to visit CoverME.gov to find options to protect their health and help them care for their families.”

    “Maine people may qualify for affordable health coverage options, especially those who have lost jobs or income because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew. “We urge Maine people to visit CoverME.gov to understand their options and sign up. Today more than ever, coverage is critical to ensuring access to needed health care.”

    Maine people can learn more at CoverME.gov or call Consumers for Affordable Health Care at 1-800-965-7476 for free, local help.

    Most Maine people are eligible for insurance through MaineCare if their annual income is less than $17,609 for a single person or $36,156 for a family of four. Maine people with incomes above the MaineCare threshold but less than $51,040 for a single person or less than $103,000 for a family of four may be eligible for lower monthly premiums on  HealthCare.gov.

    Eligible Maine people may enroll in MaineCare at any time of year.  More than 53,000 people  are now enrolled through the expansion of MaineCare under Governor Mills – an increase of over 10 percent since April 1, 2020.

    To apply through HealthCare.gov, individuals currently must qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Losing health insurance through a job should allow individuals to sign up for private insurance if they apply within 60 days. Governor Mills recently joined a coalition of Governors from 11 other states in asking the Trump Administration to take swift action to allow for a broader Special Enrollment Period to ease access to critical health care in the face of COVID-19.

    Additionally, Maine people who already have coverage through the Marketplace but expect to earn less in 2020 should update their income estimate, since they may qualify for more financial help to afford their plan or for MaineCare.

    The statewide campaign announced today builds on the Mills Administration’s ongoing work to reduce Maine’s uninsured rate and ensure that all eligible Maine people enroll in coverage. DHHS will conduct another advertising campaign in the fall to coincide with the HealthCare.gov open enrollment period.

    Governor Mills declared an insurance emergency on March 12, 2020 to improve access to care and require private health insurance plans to cover costs related to coronavirus testing. The Superintendent of Insurance, Eric Cioppa, has ordered that private, fully insured plans pay the full costs of COVID-19 testing and issued an order deferring premium deadlines to assist consumers in maintaining health coverage. MaineCare covers the costs of COVID-19 testing and has increased access to care by waiving all copays for prescriptions, office visits, emergency department visits, radiology and lab services and allowing early refills of prescriptions, among other measures.

    The Mills Administration has taken additional steps to bolster the health care workforce, expand telehealth services, and spearhead recent legislation to improve private health insurance for Maine people and small businesses.


  • 05/13/2020 2:04 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Eversource Reminds Customers to Remain Vigilant Against Scams

     

    Energy company offers tips for customers to protect themselves as scammers exploit COVID-19 pandemic

     

    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (May 13, 2020) — As part of Eversource’s efforts to support its customers and communities during the pandemic, the energy company is reminding people to remain vigilant and protect themselves against scams. The COVID-19 outbreak has led to an increase in scam activity, with sophisticated scammers finding unique and intimidating ways to exploit people and steal their money during these uncertain times.

     

    “We’re always working to help our customers protect themselves against scams, which is especially important today as sophisticated scammers are trying to take advantage of the uncertainty and nervousness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner. “Eversource will never demand instant payment over the phone nor ask for personal information in an unsolicited call, text or email. We urge customers to remain vigilant and always remember, don’t panic and don’t pay. If you suspect that you’ve been targeted by a scam, please call us immediately at 800-662-7764.”

    With the wave of scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eversource is reminding customers about common signs to recognize a scam and specific pandemic-related scams to look out for, including:

    ·    Threats of immediate power disconnection or demands for payment: Eversource representatives never ask for instant payment, and the energy company is not disconnecting any customers for non-payment during this emergency period.

    ·    Callers asking for personal or account information or insisting on specific, unusual payment methods: Eversource will never ask for personal information over the phone in this manner and does not accept payments via gift cards, pre-paid debit cards or other common tools used by scammers.

    ·    Requests for a deposit to exchange a utility meter: Eversource has suspended all non-essential work, including routine meter changes, during the pandemic. Meters also do not suddenly expire, so be wary of calls claiming payment is necessary for a new meter to be installed because the current meter is about to expire.

    ·    Calls, emails or texts about government stimulus checks: The IRS won’t contact people with information about stimulus payments, or to ask for personal information like a Social Security number or bank account number.

    ·    Online offers for vaccinations and test kits: There are no products proven to treat or prevent COVID-19 at this time and the only FDA-approved home test kit requires a doctor’s order.


    Eversource urges anyone who believes they are a target of improper solicitation to please alert local law enforcement and contact the company directly at 800-662-7764. For more information on how the energy company is helping customers protect against scams during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit Eversource.com.

     

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    Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2020 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies and the #1 utility by Forbes and JUST Capital. Eversource is New Hampshire’s largest electric utility, serving more than 519,000 homes and businesses in 211 cities and towns, and also supplies water to approximately 9,500 homes and businesses in Hampton, North Hampton and Rye. Eversource is proud to be recognized as the #1 contributor to United Way in New Hampshire. Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 8,300 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, the company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally-recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit eversource.com, and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit aquarionwater.com.


  • 05/13/2020 1:59 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant initiative of the U.S. Small Business Administration provides funding to increase the number of businesses that export. Administered by Maine International Trade Center (MITC), the objective of the STEP Financial Assistance Award is to encourage Maine companies to seek new international sales through financial support for costs associated with such activities.

    Eligible Maine companies may receive a maximum of five STEP Financial Assistance Awards per year.

    Airfare, lodging, meals, and printing are NOT eligible for reimbursement under this program.

    Eligible businesses may receive reimbursements totaling up to $20,000 per year for costs associated with activities in the following categories:

    International Business Development – up to $6,000 per activity
    business matching services or international trade shows, including online B2B matchmaking services and virtual events

    Export Skills Development – up to $2,000 per activity
    training or export compliance services, including online export skills training

    Export Marketing Assistance – up to $6,000 per activity
    consultants to improve marketing efforts, including website localization and optimization

    Guidelines

    For information on eligibility and requirements for reimbursement, please review the STEP 2019-2020 Guidelines before submitting your STEP Financial Assistance Award application.

    A specific activity, dates, and estimated total cost are required as part of the application. Applications must be received by September 16, 2020. Funded activities must be completed before September 30, 2020.

    If you have further questions about the STEP program, please contact STEP@mitc.com

  • 05/13/2020 1:53 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)


    Staff and wire report, news@seacoastonline.com

    Posted May 12, 2020 at 4:24 PM

     

    CONCORD — A panel tasked with reopening New Hampshire’s economy amid the easing threat from the coronavirus pandemic agreed Tuesday on proposals for six sectors, among them lodging, outdoor attractions and gyms.

    The recommendations won’t be final until public health officials and Gov. Chris Sununu give their OK.

    The task force unanimously recommended hotels be limited to half their capacity, though the limit would not apply to motels with outdoor access to rooms or to inns and bed-and-breakfasts with 10 or fewer rooms.

    Face masks would be required for staffers and are recommended for guests, who would be asked at check-in about any possible exposure to the coronavirus.

    A reopening date of May 22 is recommended for lodging, but target dates for other sectors were not included.

    On attractions, the guidance covers “recreational and natural settings,” including biking, canoe and kayak rentals, mini-golf, driving ranges, shooting ranges, and racetracks.

    Also included are small group tours such as for Lost River Gorge and the Polar Caves, but task force members said amusement parks, water parks and indoor attractions would be addressed later.

    Outdoor attractions would be limited to half their capacity, or to the number social distancing guidelines can accommodate, whichever is less. The requirement would be the same for gyms and fitness clubs, which also would be prohibited from enrolling out-of-state residents as new members.

    The Republican governor’s stay-at-home order was extended to May 31, but some businesses were allowed to reopen this week, including retail stores, hair salons and golf courses.

    Restaurants will be allowed to begin offering outdoor dining May 18.

    The numbers

    Two Rockingham County residents are among the nine coronavirus deaths reported Tuesday by New Hampshire health officials. The county also surpassed 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

    The state’s death toll increased to 142 people. All of the nine people reported dead Tuesday were age 60 or older. They included one man and one woman in Rockingham County, three men and three women in Hillsborough County and one man in Merrimack County.

    The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services also reported 81 new positive test results for COVID-19, raising the state’s total to 3,239.

    Of those with complete information, the new cases include five people under the age of 18 and the rest are adults with 47% female and 53% male. The new cases reside in Hillsborough County other than Manchester and Nashua (28), Rockingham (14), Merrimack (9), Belknap (1), Cheshire (1), and Strafford (1) counties, and in the cities of Manchester (18) and Nashua (9).

    Rockingham County’s total cases reached 1,010, while Strafford County reached 199.

    One new hospitalized case was identified for a total of 319 (about 10%) of the 3,239 cases.

    Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, has said the number of tests being done in the state has been increasing, hitting an average of about 1,200 per day last week.

    For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and the infirm, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The majority of the state’s deaths have been in long-term care facilities.


    Mandatory masks?

    Officials in Salem, a town along the Massachusetts border, are considering requiring face masks in indoor public spaces. The proposal would require anyone over age 2 to wear some type of face covering, or face a fine as high as $200.

    The Board of Selectmen discussed the matter during a virtual meeting Monday but didn’t vote on it.

    Jim Keller, the selectman who wrote the proposal, said the main concern is to protect residents from visitors from Massachusetts, where the outbreak is worse, WMUR-TV reported. Some callers disagreed and believed the fine was too high.

    In Massachusetts, residents must wear face coverings in public or face fines of as much as $300.

    Associated Press writers Holly Ramer and Kathy McCormack contributed to this report.

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  • 05/12/2020 5:02 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    A new grant opportunity will be available online on May 26, 2020, called the Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program (DCIP). Its purpose is "to address deficiencies in community infrastructure supportive of a military installation, if the Secretary determines that such assistance will enhance the military value, resilience, or military family quality of life at such military installation." These upgrade can ranges from $250,000 to $25 million.

    Eligible community infrastructure projects are any complete and use-able transportation project, school, hospital, police, fire, emergency response, or other community support facility; or water, waste-water, telecommunications, electric, gas, or other utility infrastructure project, that:

      *   Support a military installation;
      *   Are owned by a state or local government or a not-for-profit, member owned utility service;
      *   Will enhance military family quality of life, resilience or military value at the supported military installation;
      *   Endorsed by the local installation commander representing the installation benefiting from the propose project; and
      *   Are construction-ready.

    Community members are welcome to participate in the public comment portion of the process, which is going on until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18.

    Here is the link to the public comments<https://oea.gov/defense-community-infrastructure-pilot-program-dcip

    View the attached PDF for more details.

    Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program.pdf

  • 05/12/2020 5:00 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Concord, NH – Tomorrow, the State of New Hampshire is launching a new testing site in Concord, NH. The testing location will be at 28 Stickney Avenue and will be open seven days a week 11:00 AM — 7:00 PM. Residents with any COVID-19 symptoms, with underlying health conditions, over the age of 60, or who are healthcare workers can request and reserve a test.

    Interested individuals can sign up and reserve a test by going to the online portal here. They can also email covidtesting@dhhs.nh.gov, call the COVID-19 Coordinating Office at 603-271-5980, or by going through a health care provider.

    The state’s volunteer medical corps, MMRS, is also partnering with the New Hampton Fire Department to increase community-wide access to testing by mobilizing a one-day testing site in New Hampton on Saturday, May 16, at the New Hampton Fire Department at 26 Intervale Drive.

    “We are ramping up our capabilities and rapidly expanding access to testing,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “This is one of our top priorities, and we are making huge strides every day.”

    The COVID-19 Testing Registration portal is key to the State’s ongoing efforts to increase access to COVID-19 testing by ensuring qualifying residents can schedule a test without a referral from a medical provider.

    There are now seven drive through testing sites as part of the Community-Based COVID-19 Testing Program. The fixed drive through testing locations are in Claremont, Concord, Lancaster, Milford, Plymouth, Tamworth and Rochester.


  • 05/12/2020 4:59 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Governor Chris Sununu Directs State and U.S. Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Declares Law Enforcement Memorial Week

    May 12, 2020

    Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu announced that in accordance with the President's proclamation recognizing Peace Officers Memorial Day, all U.S. and State flags in the State of New Hampshire should be flown at half-staff on May 15, 2020, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

    Governor Sununu has also proclaimed the week of May 10-16, 2020 as Law Enforcement Memorial week in the State of New Hampshire.

    "During this Law Enforcement Memorial Week, we are especially grateful for the bravery and dedication of the men and women who serve to keep New Hampshire's communities safe and strong," said Governor Chris Sununu. "New Hampshire's law enforcement officers exemplify the time-honored American ideals of public service - a commitment that is especially appreciated during these difficult times."

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  • 05/12/2020 4:57 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Governor Chris Sununu Issues Emergency Order #42

    Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu issued Emergency Order #42 as part of the state's efforts to respond to COVID-19.

    Emergency Order #42 pdf file: Authorizing temporary health partners to assist in responding to the COVID-19 in long-term care facilities

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  • 05/12/2020 4:49 PM | Bonnie McNair (Administrator)

    Governor Chris Sununu Letter to Senator Rosenwald, Representative Campion Regarding Emergency Health Care System Relief Fund

    May 11th, 2020

    Concord, NH – Today, Governor Chris Sununu sent a letter to Senator Rosenwald and Representative Campion regarding the Emergency Health Care System Relief Fund.


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