Continuing efforts to strengthen the health and financial well-being of thousands of hard-working Granite Staters, Governor Maggie Hassan and the Department of Health and Human Services today provided an update on the implementation of the bipartisan health care expansion plan known as the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.
"Last month, we took a historic step forward for the health and financial well-being of New Hampshire families, businesses and communities by passing our bipartisan plan to expand health care access to 50,000 hard-working Granite Staters," Governor Hassan said. "To meet the benchmarks and aggressive timelines put forward in our fiscally responsible, uniquely New Hampshire solution, our implementation team at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is moving quickly toward a goal of July 1 to begin coverage under the New Hampshire Health Protection Program."
Once the eligibility criteria for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program is approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), DHHS will provide further information on how and when the application and enrollment process for the program will begin.
"My office is working closely with the implementation team at DHHS and legislators from both parties in order to finalize plan requirements and eligibility criteria consistent with the Program's guidelines," Governor Hassan said. "In order to maximize the benefits of health care expansion for our people and our economy, we must continue to work together, focusing on our common purpose and common vision."
The implementation team continues to work with providers, managed care organizations, and vendors to develop appropriate coverage, including a substance use disorder benefit, supported rates, and appropriate infrastructure to meet the statutory objectives of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.
In addition, technical advisory teams from CMS are working on a daily basis with DHHS to help ensure timely approval of all requirements for the initial mandatory Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) and Voluntary Bridge to Marketplace Programs. In the next few weeks, the Department will announce its plan for rolling out the New Hampshire Health Protection Program.
"The Department's highest priority at this moment is to implement the New Hampshire Health Protection Program in order to provide health benefits to 50,000 newly eligible low-income New Hampshire citizens," Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas said. "My staff and I are working with the Governor, the legislature and the federal government to ensure the success of this program. Implementation of SB 413 involves the participation of many organizations and changes to our systems. We are committed to a smooth and successful roll-out of these programs."
New Hampshire citizens who are interested in learning more about the New Hampshire Protection Program, can visit www.dhhs.nh.gov or call DHHS' Client Services hotline at 1-800-852-3345 ext. 9700.