NH DHHS Announces Transition of the NH “Healthy Kids” Program

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

(DHHS) announces the transition of the NH “Healthy Kids” Program to NH

Medicaid. The transition of the “Healthy Kids-Silver” program, which is

also know as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), is a result of

changes to NH State law and will take effect July 1, 2012.

Under the changes the program will no longer be known as “Healthy Kids

Silver” and “Healthy Kids Gold.” Both programs will be called NH Medicaid.

Families will receive new insurance cards from NH Medicaid for their

children at the beginning of June. The card is for both medical and dental

health coverage.

“We know how important it is for parents to have health coverage for their

children,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “It’s important to us

too because children who have health care are more likely to get

preventative care to keep them well; get the treatment they need when

they’re sick or injured; and receive needed immunizations that prevent


“This is an exciting opportunity for NH families, particularly those

affected by the recession. NH Medicaid will cover kids under the age of 19,

up to 300 % of the federal poverty level. This means a family of 4 may be

eligible for NH Medicaid coverage when the family’s total monthly income is

at or below $5,763. NH Medicaid coverage has no copayments for children

and we are offering a temporary premium holiday. We want to make it easier

for families to remain enrolled and to have coverage when they need it,”

said Office of Medicaid Business and Policy Director Katie Dunn.

“Department staff is dedicated to providing health coverage for NH

children. Whether it is for an annual physical for sports camp or a well

baby check and vaccination, NH Medicaid keeps NH children strong and


In addition to no out of pocket expense, with the transition to Medicaid

administered by DHHS, children will have coverage for additional services

that were not available on “Healthy Kids Silver” coverage.

The “Healthy Kids Gold” families will not experience any changes in

services, only a change in the name of the program to NH Medicaid.

Finally, some families used to experience gaps in coverage when going from

“Gold” to “Silver.” Operating under one unified program will eliminate

these gaps in coverage and avoid the stress of being temporarily without

coverage in the even of an emergency.

For more information visit: www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid/index.htm  or

contact Medicaid Client Services at 1-800-852-3345 x 4344, or for questions

about eligibility contact the Division of Family Assistance Children’s

Medicaid Unit at 1-877-464-2447.