NH DHHS - Delays Release of Medicaid Expansion Study due to Storm

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

(DHHS) is announcing a storm related delay for its Medicaid Expansion

Analysis Briefing that was scheduled for this Friday, November 2nd.

Research and consulting staff that conducted the analysis are located in

the Mid-Atlantic region and had to evacuate due to the storm, and air

travel to the Northeast remains a challenge. Accordingly, DHHS has

rescheduled this Friday’s briefing to Thursday November 15, 2012 at 2PM.

The briefing will be held in the DHHS’ Brown Building, 129 Pleasant Street,

Concord NH.

This report by the Lewin Group, is the first in a two phase analysis of the

State’s option to expand its Medicaid program. Based on the US Supreme

Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, states have the option of

expanding Medicaid coverage to individuals with incomes under 138-percent

of the federal poverty level. The report provides information on the

number of residents who would be eligible for coverage under the expansion

and associated costs to the state. In order to get a full understanding of

the pros and cons of the expansion, the second phase of the analysis, which

is expected to be completed by the end of the year, will address the impact

on the state economy, state budget and the commercial insurance market.

Lewin Group researchers will be at the briefing to explain their methods

and findings as well as to answer questions.