U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) recently held two virtual roundtables addressing how COVID-19 has affected New Hampshire’s healthcare industry.
“The health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19 has created significant challenges for Granite State healthcare, mental health, and substance use treatment providers — at the same time, we are seeing increases in substance abuse and mental illness across New Hampshire,” Kuster said. “From the transition to telehealth care and cancellations of elective procedures to a lack of personal protective equipment and increasing health needs of our communities – providers have overcome a multitude of obstacles due to COVID-19 in recent months. I was glad to hear from these hard-working Granite Staters, whose insights will continue to guide my work in Congress as we respond to this pandemic. I’m committed to ensuring that communities across New Hampshire can safely access the care and treatment they deserve.”
The first roundtable addressed substance-use disorder (SUD) and mental health.
The second virtual roundtable was an opportunity for health care providers to speak about their workplace challenges during the pandemic.
Kuster is the founder and co-chairwoman of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, which held a virtual discussion in June on the opioid crisis and the pandemic.