Jason Moon

Reporter

Before joining NHPR's newsroom in February of 2015, Jason held internships with a variety of public radio organizations including StoryCorps, Transom.org, and WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied philosophy, political science, and audio documentaries at Bennington College in Vermont.

Jason lives in Concord and covers a variety of topics including health. He's also the host and reporter behind Bear Brook, an investigative podcast.

Oral arguments were heard today, via video conference, in a federal civil rights lawsuit. It alleges the state of New Hampshire is failing to provide due process to people who are involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment.

The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU-NH, targets a practice known as emergency room boarding that occurs when psychiatric patients deemed to be a danger to themselves or others are forced to wait in hospital emergency departments because of a waitlist for beds at the state psychiatric hospital and other state-designated facilities.

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New Hampshire is one of the country’s oldest states - and many seniors here are doing whatever they can to avoid leaving the house. 

Public health experts warn that elderly people are among the most at-risk for developing serious illness or dying from the coronavirus.

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But as NHPR’s Jason Moon reports, that’s exacerbating a problem that’s already present for many seniors – a sense of isolation.

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Fabrizia Spirits in Salem relies on a key ingredient that you might not think would come in handy during a pandemic: lemons

“We buy and process about 700,000 lemons a year,” said owner Phil Mastroianni.

Normally those lemons go into limoncello, an Italian liqueur. But the coronavirus completely transformed Mastroianni’s business in the course of just one day last week.

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Almost daily, state public health officials have updated the total number of coronavirus cases identified in New Hampshire. On Monday, that number surpassed 100 — a grim milestone.

Local media outlets, including New Hampshire Public Radio, have reported on this growing number as a sign of the virus’ spread in the state.

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Testing capacity for coronavirus in New Hampshire is beginning to increase as the state and commercial testing providers ramp up their operations.

But as the number of available tests becomes less of an issue, other challenges to widespread testing in New Hampshire are likely to emerge.

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Health care providers across New Hampshire are adjusting to a new coronavirus reality. They’re also preparing for an even bleaker possible future – one that includes a surge in patients requiring critical care as the virus continues to spread.

From the state’s biggest hospitals, to community health centers, to local doctors’ offices, medical facilities in New Hampshire are taking dramatic steps to keep their patients, and their employees, safe from the coronavirus.

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As of Thursday morning (March 12), New Hampshire public health officials had tested 100 people for the coronavirus disease, COVID-19. Tests for 21 other people were pending.

Exactly who gets tested in New Hampshire is driven by CDC guidelines meant to preserve a limited testing supply for those who are most at risk of having been infected.

But the current process is leaving a lot of sick New Hampshire residents frustrated and their medical providers confused.

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As of Wednesday morning, the state of New Hampshire had asked more than 250 people to remain at home because of the coronavirus. Public health officials are actively monitoring these people, who either recently returned from certain countries or who came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus.

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But as NHPR’s Jason Moon reports, many other people are also staying home as schools and employers decide on how they’ll respond to the spread of the virus.

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The first positive test results for the coronavirus disease COVID-19 have been identified in New Hampshire, according to state health officials Monday morning.

The patient is an employee of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and recently returned from Italy. They presented mild symptoms and are currently on home isolation.

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An employee of the state Department of Health and Human Services, Anna Carrigan, has filed a lawsuit alleging the state is failing its legal responsibilities to protect children from abuse and neglect in New Hampshire. The lawsuit also alleges Carrigan was retaliated against by supervisors at DHHS for speaking publicly on the issue.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders scored his second consecutive win in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, with 26 percent of the vote. For his supporters, the victory felt both familiar and new.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’ closing argument in the New Hampshire Primary has been that, to defeat Donald Trump, Democrats need a candidate who can grow the base; someone who can bring out young voters and disaffected voters in historic numbers. In the final weekend before voting begins, that strategy was on full display.

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Bernie Sanders has been making the pitch to voters this week that he stands the best chance of defeating President Donald Trump in the general election.

But as attacks heat up on the campaign trail, can the Independent Vermont senator unite a Democratic Party that he hasn’t always gotten along with?

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After a day of confusion and incomplete information,  the two candidates who, at least for now, appear to have finished first and second in the Iowa Caucuses – Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders – spoke to enthusiastic crowds Tuesday evening. Both of them claimed Iowa victories...in New Hampshire.

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County jails in New Hampshire would be required to offer medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT, for inmates with substance misuse disorder under a bill that went before lawmakers today.

MAT includes anti-opioid medications, along with counseling and therapy, to help people with substance use disorders.

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Heather Moquin has been appointed head of New Hampshire Hospital, the state's psychiatric hospital. She succeeds Lori Shibinette, who was tapped by Governor Chris Sununu to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Moquin, a registered nurse, has been at New Hampshire Hospital for just under two years as the Chief Operating Officer. Before that she worked as an administrator at different nursing facilities around the state.

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Like many presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is spending lots time in New Hampshire in the final days of the state's presidential primary. But as he campaigned in Portsmouth on Sunday morning, he ended up doing more listening than talking.

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Two people in New Hampshire who were being monitored for coronavirus have both tested negative and have fully recovered, according to state health officials.

The two people being monitored had recently traveled to China before developing fever and respiratory symptoms. They were held in isolation while they awaited test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gov. Chris Sununu is touting new progress in the state’s efforts to end the waitlist for patients to enter the state psychiatric hospital.

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State employees who investigate allegations of child abuse could have access to confidential peer support groups if a new bill passes the state legislature.

Supporters of the measure say case workers with the Division for Children, Youth and Families experience secondary traumas on a regular basis and a need a protected setting to debrief.

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Lawmakers heard reaction on Tuesday to a recent report from the Office of Child Advocate that found widespread use of restraints and seclusion on children in behavioral health facilities in New Hampshire.

The report released earlier this month found that restraints and seclusion, while declining overall, remain widespread in New Hampshire, with more than 20,000 incidents reported between 2014 and 2018.

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State health officials are monitoring two potential cases of coronavirus in New Hampshire.

The individuals developed respiratory symptoms after recent travel to Wuhan, China. They are in isolation and are undergoing testing, according to the state health department.

 

 


Note: This story has been updated.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department found what it calls “a warning sign” during an investigation into whether insurance carriers in the state are following a federal law that requires insurers to cover mental health services as they would any other medical services.

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On a recent Saturday morning at a Bernie Sanders campaign office in Manchester, a group of about 20 volunteer canvassers received a pep talk from Nina Turner, a national co-chair for the Sanders campaign.

“Twitter is wonderful. Instagram is wonderful. Facebook, all of that social media stuff is wonderful. But we cannot win this election with that alone,” said Turner. "We need real people knocking on the doors of other real people and talking to them about what is at stake.”

Every great mystery begins with a first clue. For NHPR listener Hannah Robinson it was a series of letters in the mail.

“I started receiving mail communications from the AARP and hearing aid coupons,” said Robinson, “and I’m still getting invitations to join retirement specialists for dinners and things like that -- just things for someone who is much older.”

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A Nashua police officer was justified in using deadly force during an incident last September, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.

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A Salem police officer has been charged with reckless conduct and disobeying a police officer for allegedly leading other officers from his own police department on a high speed chase in 2012.

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A man who has spent the last three and a half years inside a prison-run psychiatric unit despite never being convicted asked a judge on Friday to order his transfer to a less restrictive mental health facility.

The case of Anthony Heath highlights New Hampshire's controversial practice of treating some mental health patients with no convictions inside the prison system.

Heath was civilly committed to New Hampshire Hospital in 2016 after being deemed not competent to stand trial for an assault charge.

44,412 New Hampshire residents signed up for or switched their health insurance plans on healthcare.gov during the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period.

The number is just slightly down from last year's total of 44,581.

That trend is in line with national enrollment numbers which ticked downward 1.7%.

The health insurance market for individuals has remained relatively stable in New Hampshire in recent years, despite steep cuts in federal funding for advertising and outreach.

Children were restrained or secluded more than 20,000 times in residential youth behavioral health facilities in New Hampshire over a five year period from 2014 to 2018. That’s the finding of a new report from the Office of the Child Advocate, an independent watchdog agency that oversees the state’s Division for Children, Youth, and Families.

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