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 New Hampshire's Upper Valley region and covers a variety of topics including health, and is the host and reporter behind Bear Brook, an investigative podcast. 

The state of New Hampshire is suing four members of the Sackler family who own drug maker Purdue Pharma.

Read the lawsuit here.

The state accuses the Sacklers of being the architects of a deceptive marketing campaign around opioids that contributed to the state's drug crisis.

Imagine you are forced to go to a hospital to receive psychiatric treatment that you don’t think you need. What rights would you have?

That’s the question at the heart of a court battle between the state of New Hampshire, the ACLU, and nearly two-dozen hospitals. A ruling in the case could have profound impacts on how New Hampshire treats people who are in a mental health crisis.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is objecting to a proposed settlement offered by drug maker Purdue Pharma.

The maker of oxycontin is hoping to resolve thousands of lawsuits that allege the company played a major role in creating the opioid crisis.

The number of people without health insurance in New Hampshire remained steady from 2017 to 2018. 

The new census data shows that in 2017 and 2018 about 77,000 New Hampshire residents, or 6% of the state's population, didn't have health insurance.

Nationally, the uninsured rate ticked up from 7.9% to 8.5% over the same period.

States without Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act saw higher increases in the uninsured rate in 2018.

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Trump administration officials announced Wednesday morning that New Hampshire will receive more than $26 million in a new round of federal grants designed to combat the opioid crisis.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office says it has decided to join a massive multi-state lawsuit against makers of generic drugs.

The move comes after the AG’s office faced pressure from state lawmakers for not joining the suit sooner.

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State health officials say they have detected the first batch of mosquitoes this year to test positive for West Nile Virus.

The mosquitoes were collected in Manchester last week. Health officials say the timing of the discovery is in line with when they would expect to see West Nile in New Hampshire.

The state warns that the risk of West Nile will be increased until there is a statewide mosquito-killing frost.

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The number of prescriptions for the opioid addiction treatment drug buprenorphine for people on Medicaid in New Hampshire has more than quadrupled since 2011, according to a new report.

The report from the Urban Institute shows that in 2011, about 8,000 prescriptions for buprenorphine were written for people on Medicaid in New Hampshire.

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At least six of New Hampshire’s nine family planning providers that receive Title X funds are leaving the federal program over changes made by the Trump administration to prohibit recipients of the money from referring patients for abortions in most cases.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is the largest provider to pull out, with five locations across the state. Vice president of public affairs Sabrina Dunlap says Title X funds used to account for about 25% of the group's operating budget in New Hampshire.

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Governor Sununu Monday signed a bill into law that could pave the way for an expansion of telemedicine in New Hampshire.

Telemedicine, the practice of connecting patients and doctors through video conferencing, is a booming trend in New Hampshire.

But one area where that's not the case has been for low-income patients on Medicaid. In 2018 less than 1% of all doctors’ visits for people on Medicaid happened via telemedicine.

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A fertility treatment provider says it's planning to build New Hampshire's first full-service IVF center in Bedford. The announcement comes just one day after the state passed a law requiring insurers to cover fertility treatments.

Doctor Kristen Wright with Boston IVF -the company planning to build the new center- says the passage of the law was a big factor in the company's decision.

New Hampshire is on track to see more homicides this year than in any year since at least 2005. According to the Attorney General’s office, there have been 24 homicides so far in 2019.

Over the last decade and a half, the most homicides New Hampshire saw in a year was 25, in 2013. Eight months into 2019, the state is already at 24 homicides.

Six of them happened in July alone -- three in Concord and three in Manchester.

Many have involved domestic violence.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office says it will appeal a federal judge's ruling that blocked the implementation of the state’s Medicaid work requirement, making New Hampshire the third Republican-led state to appeal such a ruling.

On Monday, the same U.S. District Court judge that blocked similar work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky blocked New Hampshire's work requirement. In his ruling the judge even wrote, "we have all seen this movie before."

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New research from the drug court program in Nashua shows a majority of people in the program have suffered from a significant number of childhood traumas.

 

Studies have previously shown that Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs can predispose people for a whole host of negative outcomes later in life -- from anxiety and depression to cancer and diabetes.

 

State officials say they are halting their efforts to educate people about a new Medicaid work requirement, now that a federal judge has blocked its implementation.

The state health department had been going door-to-door in an effort to reach roughly 17,000 New Hampshire residents who did not comply with the requirement in its first month.

On Monday, a federal judge in Washington D.C. said the Trump administration was in error when it allowed New Hampshire to impose the work requirement on certain Medicaid expansion beneficiaries.

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A federal judge has blocked the implementation of New Hampshire's Medicaid work requirement.

The ruling reverses a move by the Trump administration that allowed New Hampshire to impose a 100-hour-a-month work requirement on beneficiaries of expanded Medicaid. 

Two former employees of the Sununu Youth Services Center have been indicted on a combined 82 counts of aggravated sexual assault against a minor who was in custody there during the late 1990s.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says it is also opening a wider investigation into the treatment of minors at the facility from 1990 to 2000.

Jeff Hatch, a former employee of Granite Recovery Centers, which operates 12 drug recovery facilities across New Hampshire, pleaded guilty to charges of fentanyl trafficking on Friday.

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Oral arguments are scheduled Tuesday morning in a federal lawsuit challenging New Hampshire's Medicaid work requirement.

The class-action lawsuit charges that the Trump administration exceeded its authority by allowing New Hampshire to implement the work requirement. 

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Minnesota Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar pitched herself as an experienced moderate during  a series of campaign stops in New Hampshire over the weekend.

At an event at the home of former Democratic state senator Peter Burling in Cornish, Klobuchar told the crowd that candidates for president shouldn’t make promises they can’t keep.

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Presidential candidate Julian Castro is making another campaign swing through New Hampshire this week -- his first since last month's televised Democratic debate.

The former San Antonio mayor and secretary of Housing and Urban Development is making immigration a focus of his campaign.

Speaking to voters at Nashua Community College on Thursday night, Castro argued that President Trump believes immigration is a winning issue for him.

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Seeing a doctor by video conference is becoming more and more common. According to one estimate, in just five years more doctor’s visits will happen virtually than in person in the U.S.

In New Hampshire, this explosion of telemedicine is being heralded by some as a solution to health care problems like long wait times, rural access, and workforce shortages.

But questions remain whether telemedicine will be able to deliver.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen has unveiled a new bill that would spend more than $63 billion over the next 10 years to combat substance use disorder nationwide.

The bill would provide a significant boost to the State Opioid Response treatment grants that states receive from the federal government. 

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Ever since New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirement was approved by the Trump administration last November, critics have warned it would be plagued by the same problems that beset another Medicaid work requirement in Arkansas.

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A key portion of the federal Affordable Care Act that gives protection to people with pre-existing conditions will soon be enshrined in New Hampshire state law.

 

Republican Governor Chris Sununu said Tuesday he intends to the sign the bill authored by Senate Democrats.

 

Sununu's statement comes on the day that lawyers in a federal case that could overturn the Affordable Care Act hold oral arguments.

 

With just days remaining before the first deadline to comply with the state's new Medicaid work requirement, some people say they are having problems submitting their work hours through the state website.

On that website, a drop-down menu lists the categories under which Medicaid beneficiaries can submit their hours. The list includes volunteering, job training, and a half-dozen other activities.

It does not include employment or self-employment. In fact, it appears there is no way for a Medicaid beneficiary to submit their own work hours online.

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Lawyers for the state of New Hampshire are insisting that no one will lose coverage under a new Medicaid work requirement unless they choose not to comply with it.

That argument comes in response to a lawsuit that's challenging the work requirement in federal court.

In a legal memo filed on Friday, the state supports their argument by pointing out that three of the four plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit are either exempt or are already in compliance with the work requirement.

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New Hampshire is in the midst of an outbreak of hepatitis A.

Since November, 142 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A in the state and one person has died. In an average year in New Hampshire, just 7 people get the virus.


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Allegations in a lawsuit filed by 44 states against major generic drug manufacturers were unsealed this week.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, who is taking the lead on the case, says the newly released emails from drug company executives show an industry-wide price fixing scheme.

“The American people and people across Connecticut need to see how far these companies have gone to literally steal money from all of us by charging us prices that were artificially high, prices they refer to as ‘fluff’ pricing."

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As a new work requirement for beneficiaries of New Hampshire’s expanded Medicaid program takes effect this month, some in the healthcare industry say early signs are pointing to a bumpy road ahead.

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