- Odell: HHS "looking for a contractor to implement the new program"

In his August 21, 2011 column on, NH State Senator Bob Odell writes:

    "The new state budget assumes that we will have $16 million in savings from a greatly expanded managed care system for Medicaid beneficiaries."

    "...changing or adjusting the way we provide benefits is essential as [state-run] Medicaid is a major budget item and the cost trend is rising too rapidly to be sustainable."

    "New terms like 'medical home' and 'health home' give some definition of where managed care is going."

    "The [Health and Human Services] department will be looking for a contractor to implement the new program. When the contract is signed it is anticipated it will be the largest contract in the state's history."

    " 'NH ranked best in the U.S. to raise children, fourth straight year.' That ranking by the Annie E. Casey Foundation is one more reminder of how fortunate we are to live in the Granite State."


Senator Odell's Aug. 21, 2011 column (

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