The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced
today that beginning November 1, 2015, Medicaid recipients who could
initially opt out of Medicaid Care Management (MCM) will be required to
enroll in the program and will receive their medical care through a Managed
Care Organization (MCO) health plan, with coverage beginning February 1,
The Medicaid Care Management program is being implemented in incremental
steps. Step 1 of the program began on December 1, 2013 and included the
enrollment of 90 percent of the Medicaid population into the care
management program for their medical care, while others were allowed to
remain in the fee-for-service program. Now, most of the remaining Medicaid
population in the fee-for-service program will be required to enroll,
benefitting from health plan services that afford improved care
coordination and wellness programs.
“The Department recognizes and acknowledges the complex needs of people now
enrolling in an MCO health plan for their medical care,” said DHHS
Commissioner Nick Toumpas. “We are committed to ensuring that appropriate
planning has occurred for this transition and will proactively support
these people during the enrollment process.”
Individuals required to enroll in MCM will receive letters from DHHS
informing them about the enrollment process and selecting the health plan
that is best for the client and their family. The remaining enrollment
population includes: Children in Foster Care, Medicare Dual Eligibles
(people who have both Medicare and Medicaid), Home Care for Children with
Severe Disabilities (aka Katie Beckett Medicaid), Children with special
health care needs enrolled in Special Medical Services/Partners in Health
and Children with Supplemental Security Income.
In preparation for the transition of individuals with complex needs into
MCM, DHHS has conducted frequent and widespread stakeholder engagement
meetings across the State with current MCM enrollees, clients who will be
required to enroll in MCM, and providers who serve these clients. DHHS held
meetings from July-November 2014, to obtain input on best practices for
integration of Step 2 populations and services into the MCM program. DHHS
and the MCOs conducted provider and client informational sessions across
the State from July-August 2015. Focus group meetings with individuals with
complex needs currently in MCM were conducted in June and August 2015 and
information sessions to solicit input from providers on the kinds of
support needed to assist individuals with enrollment in MCM were held in
August and September.
Future phases of Step 2 will include the integration of Long Term Supports
and Services (LTSS) such as Choices for Independence (CFI) Services;
Nursing Facility Services; and Developmental Disability (DD), Acquired
Brain Disorder (ABD) and In-Home Support (IHS) services into the Medicaid
Care Management program.
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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced
"As Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, I was
deeply saddened by the death of Sadie Willott.
As the State's child protection agency, it is our responsibility working
in conjunction with law enforcement and the courts to do
what we can to ensure the health and safety of children with whom we may
be involved. We will examine our role in this case
to determine accountability and what if anything we could have done better
or differently that might have affected the outcome,
and we will implement any necessary changes as quickly as possible. We
have, and will continue to cooperate with law
enforcement's investigation into Sadie's death and we are prepared to
assist with that investigation in any way that we can.
I also want to express my sincere condolences to Sadie's family, friends
and to all those who loved her.
Her untimely death deeply saddens all of us who are committed to protecting
our State's most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect."
Member of the media are invited to a press event on Tuesday, September 29,
2015, at 11:30am, to hear firsthand from State officials about the State’s
comprehensive strategy to address the opioid overdose crisis.
WHAT: State of New Hampshire’s comprehensive strategy to address
the opioid epidemic, including the plan to distribute the
drug overdose reversal medication, naloxone
WHO: Anticipated speakers include Governor Maggie Hassan; DHHS
Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas; NH Bureau of Emergency
Medical Services Director Nick Mercuri; Police Chief
Association President Chief Bob Cormier; individuals in
recovery; family members of those experiencing addiction;
and physicians providing naloxone and medication-assisted
treatment for people experiencing addiction
WHEN: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
WHERE: Governor and Council Chambers
NH State House
The press conference will specifically address:
· Two new laws, House Bills 270 and 271, that were passed and went in
to effect June 2, 2015, to increase public access to drug overdose
reversal medication, often referred to as naloxone or by its
commercial name, Narcan.
· The State’s purchase of naloxone kits that will be made available
this fall at no cost for those at risk for an opioid-related overdose
or their friends and family members.
· The State’s new campaign to increase awareness of the opioid crisis
and of resources and services available to help prevent, treat and
support recovery from addiction.
Presentations will run from 11:30am to approximately 12:10pm, with the
remaining 20 minutes available for questions from the press.
Press packets will be available at the beginning of the event.
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services, Oral Health Program, has been
providing oral health screenings in senior centers around the State to
raise awareness of the importance of oral health for New Hampshire's older
Older adults face barriers to regular dental care due to a lack of dental
insurance, financial constraints, absence of perceived need, and
transportation issues. A recent statewide survey of older adults in senior
centers documented an unmet need for dental care among seniors living
independently in their communities, particularly among those residing in
rural areas, and those with limited incomes. Twenty-four percent of older
adults have untreated decay and sharp broken teeth.
“Because many seniors have unmet oral health needs, the Department is
promoting innovative approaches to dental care to help seniors prevent and
control tooth decay,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of the
Division Public Health Services. “Oral health is part of healthy aging; you
can’t be healthy without good oral health.”
Older adults with urgent dental needs in six selected senior centers who
have been identified by hygienists are referred to participating local
dental offices, where their treatment is paid for through funds from DHHS.
These services are especially important for older adults because poor oral
health impacts their nutritional status, social functioning, and overall
well-being. As the gateway to the body, the mouth is constantly challenged
by bacteria and viruses that cause infection and inflammation. Dental
caries (cavities) and the periodontal diseases (such as gingivitis and
periodontitis) have been linked to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes,
respiratory diseases, and cancer.
The Oral Health Program received funds from the National Association of
Chronic Disease Directors to provide seniors with screening assessments,
oral health education, and referrals for treatment.
While these programs are important, funding for seniors’ dental screening
assessments ends on September 30, 2015. DHHS is raising awareness of the
issue to show the importance of sustaining the screening program and adding
on-site preventive oral health services to additional sites in the state.
For more information about screening sites or the Oral Health Program in
New Hampshire visit http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/rhpc/oral/index.htm.
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Recent Survey Recognizes Independent Pharmacies in New Hampshire That
Do Not Sell Tobacco Products
Concord, NH – A recent survey conducted by the NH Department of Health and
Human Services (DHHS) identifies Independent Pharmacies in New Hampshire
that do not sell tobacco products. DHHS applauds theses pharmacies for
putting the health of their clientele and patients ahead of sales. The
survey, conducted by phone in August 2015, asked the 33 Independent
Pharmacies in New Hampshire if tobacco products were sold in their
stores—of those who answered the question, 27 said no.
“DHHS is applauding these New Hampshire Independent Pharmacies for
recognizing the conflict of selling a product that kills an estimated 1,900
New Hampshire residents a year while offering health care and
pharmaceutical services,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public
Health at DHHS.
These New Hampshire Independent Pharmacies join the growing list of
national retailers that have decided not to sell tobacco products in their
stores. Target Corp. stores historically (since 1996) have not sold tobacco
products. Last year, CVS Caremark Corp. (now CVS Health) made the decision
to stop selling tobacco products in its stores, citing that selling
cigarettes and providing health care do not go together in the same
Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of over 7,000 chemicals; these poisons pose a
danger to the body right away and can trigger sudden blood clots, heart
attacks, and strokes. About 70 of these chemicals can cause cancer.
According to the Surgeon General Report, How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease,
every cigarette smoked damages the body, causes immediate harm to
nonsmokers (including unborn babies), and weakens the immune system,
increasing the body’s susceptibility to illness, bacteria and viruses, such
as the flu.
Some major cities, such as New York and Boston, have banned the sale of
tobacco products in pharmacies. The harmful effects of tobacco use are not
limited to smoking cigarettes; cigars, hookas, bidis, and smokeless tobacco
products all can cause cancer, disease, and tooth loss. E-cigarettes
(electronic smoking devices) emit an aerosol that has been found to contain
at least 10 chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other
reproductive harm. The devices can create an addiction to the drug nicotine
and can lead to cigarette smoking, particularly in youth.
DHHS currently offers free help quitting tobacco use through 1-800-QUIT-NOW1-800-QUIT-NOW FREE
(www.TryToStopNH.org). The list of these independent pharmacies can be
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