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NH DHHS Announces Enrollment of Remaining Populations in Medicaid Care Management 

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.


NH DHHS - Statement Regarding Sadie Willott by DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas 

"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."


NH DHHS - NH Officials to Discuss State’s Comprehensive Response to Opioid Epidemic

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

Concord, NH

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.


NH DHHS - Promotes Good Oral Health among Older Adults in Honor of National Senior Center Month

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

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NH DHHS - Tobacco Survey 

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

( The list of these independent pharmacies can be

found at


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