“Medicaid Managed Care in NH”

 

Click here to read the SPECIAL 2012 ELECTION EDITION of ‘The New Hampshire Challenge’

How to make YOUR voice heard in Concord…Click here to read the guide for Strafford County families on how to contact your legislators, updated July 2012.

Participation in government is everyone’s responsibility.  Learn how to make your voice heard and how to be an effective advocate for the issues that are important to you!  Click Here to download a copy of ‘Golden Rules For Advocates When Dealing with Elected Officials’, provided by the Parent Information Center on Special Education.

The Community Partners Forum addressing New Hampshire’s move to Medicaid Managed Care, held March 20 at the Hellenic Center in Dover, was attended by an energized crowd of nearly 200 concerned citizens, advocates, consumers and legislators.  Click Here to view the PowerPoint presentation shown at the forum, in PDF format.

The United Cerebral Palsy organization has published a report entitled ‘The Case for Inclusion 2011: An Analysis of Medicaid for Americans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’, detailing how some Medicaid long-term care policies and state programs can play a negative role by promoting isolation and seclusion for some of the most vulnerable Medicaid recipients, those individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The UCP’s annual ‘The Case for Inclusion’ benchmarks states’ actual performance in improving lives for these individuals.  Click Here to read more…

“Attorneys file class action lawsuit against State of New Hampshire for its failure to provide adequate Mental Health Services to citizens with mental illness.”  Click Here to read more… 

Click Here to view U.S. Department of Civil Rights Division’s investigation findings of the State of New Hampshire’s mental health system.

Click here to view Feb 17 letter from DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas regarding the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ Care Management Program impacting individuals with Developmental Disabilities or Acquired Brain Disorders.

Click here to view ‘Medicaid Managed Care in New Hampshire a History’ in pdf format, a recent legislative history and timeline from the area agency perspective, by Alex Koutroubas.

Click here to view a letter from Commissioner Toumpas regarding the status of the Behavioral Health Payment and System Reform project (also called the ‘Prepaid Ambulatory Health Plan’).  This letter is addressed to all stakeholders, which includes consumers, families and others.

Click here to read: ‘Key Questions to Consider in Implementing Medicaid Managed Care in New Hampshire’, the latest State Budget Research published by NHFPI, the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute.

Click here to read:  ‘Choices’, an op/ed essay examining NH’s decision to adopt a managed care approach for all its Medicaid services, by Bob James of One Sky Community Services.

Click here to view the latest Managed Care in NH update!

Website Communication from Brian Collins, Executive Director:

In June 2011, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 147 which require the Dept. of Health & Human Services to enter into a contract for Managed Care of the Medicaid program.  Because the services and supports we provide here at Community Partners are funded through the Medicaid program, there are changes anticipated as the result of this legislation.

The Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) requires states to engage in public discussion with recipients of Medicaid services when changes are proposed to the program.  As a result, Community Partners believes it is important to inform all individuals who receive services from our agency of information to help them understand the plans the state may pursue.

At this point, our Agency Board of Directors has not rendered an opinion about these changes, but believes that it is important that we learn and share what we learn with all of you.

Please feel free to offer feedback regarding the links and information we are providing below and, in addition, should you have information that you feel should be shared, please communicate it to us through our website contact page.

Lastly, check back for updates as we will be sharing on a regular basis.

NH SB147 Signed into law by Governor  [Click Here to read SB-147 Final Version]

Senate Bill 147 is now law, requiring the commissioner of the department of health and human services to issue a 5-year request for proposals to enter into contracts with vendors of a managed care model to provide for managed care services to the Medicaid population.

New Hampshire Behavioral Health Reform Website  [Click Here to view].

The New Hampshire Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH) has established a web site to provide you with information and updates on plans to allow New Hampshire to fund community mental health centers (CMHC) on a capitated, prepaid health plan basis, replacing the current fee for service model.

More Information / Further Reading

 

Click here to view Managed Care in NH public forums schedule released by the Department of Health & Human Services.

 

Click here to read a letter from Hugh Philbrick, Community Partners’ Family Support Transition Coordinator, describing the public forums being held to discuss the rapid transition to Medicaid Managed Care in NH, and his concerns about these changes.

 

 

Click here to view or download the Medicaid Managed Care in NH powerpoint presentation delivered Aug 31 at Exeter HS by the NH Fiscal Policy Institute.