NH House Leaders Comment on DHHS’ Release of Managed Care Proposal

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following comments in response to the Department of Health and Human Services releasing a request for proposal to place the state’s Medicaid program into managed care.  DHHS today released the RFP on their website: http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/business/rfp/index.htm.

 House Speaker William O’Brien

 “We want to thank Commissioner Toumpas and his staff at DHHS for making this a comprehensive proposal to cover all of Medicaid.  Coordinated care means both better care for Medicaid recipients as well as a tremendous cost savings for the taxpayers of New Hampshire.  This is a major step forward for reforming the largest program in state government.”

“Obviously, there are many groups that have held monopoly or near-monopoly status in the Medicaid program for years who will oppose these common sense efforts to bring efficiency and higher quality care to the over 100,000 people who get care from this program, and I commend the Commissioner for standing up to these interests and following the legislative intent in the law we passed this year.  While we would have liked to see more definition if how they intend to cover the disabled and those in long-term care settings, it’s good to know that they plan to cover all of these services by the end of this budget.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“This RFP is a victory for the taxpayers of New Hampshire while still providing better care for those who receive Medicaid.  We are glad to see that the bill that passed the House last week was able to clarify our position that we want all Medicaid services covered by managed care.  Now, the Department has to face the challenge of implementing the largest contracts in state history for this $1.4 billion program.  House Republicans will remain actively involved with the Department to make sure they meet their targets and do what’s best for the citizens and taxpayers of New Hampshire.”