Medicaid Expansion – Dr. Sherman played an integral role in working across the aisle to get Medicaid expansion passed in New Hampshire and expand healthcare to 55,000 Granite Staters. He was a co-sponsor of legislation recently passed that will now provide dental benefits to Medicaid recipients.
Protecting Domestic Manufacturers – Dr. Sherman worked across the aisle to pass legislation to require state construction projects to purchase American-made fabricated steel and promote New Hampshire-based manufacturers. When we contract with New Hampshire-based businesses, they spend that money back in the local community.
Prescription Drugs & Opioids – Dr. Sherman passed two critical bills that will work to lower the cost of prescription drugs. He sits on the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, which is fighting to lower costs and hold the industry accountable. He was influential in capping the cost of insulin and epinephrine, and cosponsored a requirement that opioids come with a warning sticker so patients clearly know they are being prescribed potentially addictive medications. Dr. Sherman also attached an amendment allowing medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder via telehealth appointments.
Mental Health – Dr. Sherman filed legislation to ensure people in mental health crisis are treated with dignity by removing the requirement that they be transported in handcuffs and shackles. He was prime sponsor of bills to decrease ER boarding of those in mental health crisis and to require the Commissioner of DHHS to submit annual reports on their progress implementing New Hampshire’s 2018 10-year Mental Health Plan.
Removing Harmful Chemicals – Dr. Sherman chaired the Governor’s Task Force on the Seacoast Pediatric Cancer Cluster, work resulting in several pieces of legislation. Dr. Sherman filed bills to remove PFAS chemicals from fire fighting foam used by our first responders and create some of the toughest clean water standards in the country.
Medical Technician Registration – Dr. Sherman and his medical partner discovered the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital, caused by a traveling technician who is now serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with water in the same syringe. Dr. Sherman then ushered into law a bill that registers medical technicians who have access both to patients and controlled drugs, closing the only remaining gap open to drug diverting criminals hurting patients by jumping from hospital to hospital.
Workplace Safety – Dr. Sherman’s legislation indemnifies health care provider facilities when disclosing employment information regarding misconduct and safety. He co-sponsored the legislation that created a commission to study oversight and reporting of patient safety issues, and he helped pass legislation requiring health care facilities to establish procedures to prevent and detect substance abuse in the workplace.
Therapeutic Cannabis – Dr. Sherman served on the committee of conference facilitating passage of legalization authorizing therapeutic cannabis in 2013. In 2019, he spoke against Sununu’s veto, and the legislature overruled the governor to allow doctors to certify therapeutic cannabis for new patients without first having to wait three-months.
Workforce & Licensing – Dr. Sherman sponsored legislation that allowed New Hampshire to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to expedite licensure for physicians wishing to practice in multiple states. He also established a committee that will study licensing of mental health practitioners in New Hampshire, removing barriers to attracting this critical professional workforce to the Granite State.