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NH DHHS Announces Three New Information Sessions for Medicaid Recipients Transitioning into Medicaid Care Management

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has

announced the dates and locations of three additional public meetings to

help inform Medicaid recipients and providers about the transition into

Medicaid Care Management from a fee-for-service program. DHHS, in

conjunction with New Hampshire Healthy Families and the Well Sense Health

Plan, is holding the information sessions in July to address the move of

additional Medicaid-eligible populations into the Care Management system

for their medical services. Medicaid recipients who could initially opt

out of Medicaid Care Management will now be required to choose one of the

two health plans for their medical coverage.

The sessions are scheduled around the State and are open to the public.

The sessions are designed to answer client and provider questions on the

transition to Care Management. Topics to be covered include Continuity of

Care, the prior authorization process, medical and pharmacy benefits, and

the transportation program.

Registration is available at the following site for the three July


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Place: Nashua Community

College (Rm. 150)

505 Amherst St., Nashua

Time: 9:00-11:00 AM

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Place: Littleton

Regional Healthcare

(Conference rooms 1,2,3)

600 St. Johnsbury Road

Time: 2:30-4:30 PM

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Place: Cheshire Medical

Center/Dartmouth Keene

580 Court St., Keene

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

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NH DHHS - CMS Certification of MMIS Recognizes DHHS Innovations to Improve Administration of Medicaid Program 

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

(DHHS) announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

has fully certified its Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). MMIS

is the Department's primary system for administering and managing costs for

the New Hampshire Medicaid program.

“CMS certification is a welcome recognition of the Department’s efforts to

implement the state of the art system that is a critical component in

enabling New Hampshire to improve the quality of health and healthcare in

our State,” said DHHS Commissioner Nick Toumpas. “Federal certification of

our MMIS is the result of dedication, perseverance, hard work and strong

collaboration by a core group of staff from the Department, the New

Hampshire Department of Information Technology, and our MMIS vendor, Xerox

Health Solutions. The new system provides new capabilities enabling more

rapid responses to changes in the Medicaid program. The system brings

greater efficiency and cost effectiveness that benefits Medicaid

recipients, providers and citizens across New Hampshire.”

CMS accreditation ensures that New Hampshire will receive the maximum 75%

federal funding for ongoing operation, retroactive to March 31, 2013, the

system’s first day of operation. Prior to certification, the federal

government has paid 50% of MMIS’ operational costs and the State paid the

other 50%.

DHHS’ MMIS is expected to process billions of dollars in payments annually

to more than 10,000 enrolled Medicaid providers and hospitals on behalf of

New Hampshire Medicaid beneficiaries. “MMIS has been one of the most

extensive and complex information technology projects that the State has

undertaken and CMS certification validates our efforts on behalf of our

Medicaid clients,” said Toumpas.



Shaheen For US Senate - We've Made History!

Friends - I just wanted to make sure you saw this note I sent last week about the anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law.

49 years later, the threat to Medicare is very, very real. The Koch Brothers and corporate special interests are fighting every day to turn Medicare into a voucher program. We cannot let that happen.

That's why I'm asking you to add your name and help us get 150,000 grassroots supporters standing up for Medicare.

Thank you,




Begin forwarded message:

From: Jeanne Shaheen
Subject: Medicare at risk
Date: Tues, July 29, 2014

Dear Friends,

Medicare was signed into law 49 years ago this week. Because of that, 49 million Americans are able to afford their prescriptions, see a doctor and get access to life-saving medical care.

But after 49 years, extremists in Congress want to end Medicare as we know it.

That's why we need your help to get 150,000 grassroots supporters standing with me to defend Medicare.

Click here now to join me and my colleagues today in defending Medicare as we know it.

Granite Staters depend on Medicare. If the Koch Brothers and their corporate special interests get their way and turn Medicare into a voucher program, future seniors would be handed a coupon for critical care. And that coupon may not even cover all their needs. That’s simply unacceptable.

That's why I'm asking you to help join this fight to protect Medicare. After 49 years of helping our seniors afford the care they need, this risk to Medicare is very real. This is why we need all hands on deck to this fight.

Add your name TODAY and help us reach our goal of 150,000 supporters fighting to protect Medicare.

I need you in this fight. Future seniors need you in this fight. It's just too important to sit this one out.

Thank you,


NH DHHS - Changes Coming to MCM Program

Meridian Health Plan Announces Departure

Concord, NH –Meridian Health Plan, one of three Managed Care Organizations

(MCOs) providing benefits under the Medicaid Care Management (MCM) Program,

has chosen to withdraw from the State of New Hampshire effective June 30,

2014. Meridian, based in Detroit, Michigan, requested withdrawal from the

program in order to focus on the growth of its core businesses in the

Midwest. With the addition of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program

coming later this year, Meridian and DHHS agreed that a summer withdrawal

would provide the best opportunity to minimize any disruption to the

Program and its members.

“We will work quickly with the company to develop a transition plan that

protects Meridian members,” said Health and Human Services Commissioner

Nicholas Toumpas. “Meridian’s members and providers can be assured that we

will work very closely with Meridian on how best to transition their

members to our other two MCOs. I want to acknowledge the professionalism

Meridian has shown in all its efforts assisting the Department implement

the first phase of MCM, and in building positive relationships with the

State’s providers.”

Both organizations have affirmed that the top priority in the transition is

the protection of Meridian’s members and the providers who serve them.

Meridian and DHHS are currently collaborating on the details of a

transition plan. Meridian will continue to provide services until July 31,

2014. During the transition period, Meridian members will continue to

receive the same benefits, and Meridian will reimburse its providers for

all services provided to its members through July 31. Further details will

be communicated to all members and providers as they become available.

Meridian was one of New Hampshire’s three MCOs involved in the successful

launch of New Hampshire’s Medicaid Care Management Program back on December

1, 2013. Meridian’s members will be transitioned to one of the remaining

MCOs, New Hampshire Healthy Families or Well Sense Health Plan.

“This has not been an easy decision,” said Dr. David Cotton, Meridian’s

CEO, “but our recent growth in the Midwest demands that we refocus our

resources to continue to provide top-quality managed care products in our

core markets.” Meridian additionally operates Medicaid managed care plans

in Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. “It has been a privilege to be a part of

the MCM program’s development and to serve the people of New Hampshire.”

New Hampshire Medicaid Care Management members with questions can call the

Department at 603-271-9461. Meridian members may also contact Meridian’s

own Member Services at 855-291-5221, while providers should call Meridian’s

Provider Services at 877-480-8250. Providers may also contact their Network

Development Representative.


ALG - Health care compact would restore control of health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid to states 


Feb. 14, 2014, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens today issued the following statement praising Rep. James Lankford for introducing H.J. Res. 110, legislation that would allow states to enter into an interstate compact to regulate health care on their own without federal interference:

"If New York or California like Obamacare, they can keep it. But if other states want out, there should be no reason they cannot administer federal funds the way they see fit. Americans for Limited Government urge every member of the House to cosponsor Lankford's bill to restore state control over health care.

"If states want to opt out of federal administration of health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and the insurance exchanges, they should be allowed to. That is what the health compact will accomplish. The compact will transfer federal control of health care to participating states that choose to adopt the compact. It is not mandatory."

To view online:


H.J. Res 110, Feb. 11, 2014 at{%22search%22:[%22h%20j%20res%20110%22]}



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