NH DHHS Announces Last Scheduled Forum for Public to Comment on Development of Care Management Plan

Forum to be held Thursday in Concord

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) is announcing the last scheduled forum for the public to comment on

the State’s Care Management Plan. New Hampshire is moving from its current

Medicaid system to a Managed Care Plan. The forums are an opportunity for

the public to be involved in the design, development and implementation of

the plan.

“We have had tremendous response from the public so far from the forums we

have held around the State,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas.

“It’s extremely helpful to hear from the public and we appreciate people

making time in their schedules to be part of this process. Transitioning

from our current system to a care management model is a significant

undertaking, we believe that if we are thoughtful in our approach, and if

we listen and engage our stakeholders that we can in fact help improve the

health and well-being of those we serve.”

The last scheduled forum will take place in Concord on Thursday, September

29, 2011 from 1:00-3:00 at the IBEW Hall, located at 48 Airport Road. The

public is welcome to attend.

The forum is a facilitated interactive event that allows participants to

provide input about their expectations, concerns and needs using a mixture

of small group and large group discussions. They are not formal hearings

where participants need to prepare testimony.

For those who are unable to attend the forums, the Department is also

seeking input through an online survey on its website, www.dhhs.nh.gov.

The survey will close October 5, 2011. The public is also invited to send

comments in writing to DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, 129 Pleasant St,

Concord, NH 03301.