Advocacy and Legislative Updates - Check back frequently!

Advocacy is an effective way for community voices to be heard in our towns, and in Concord and Washington. Whether writing a letter to your legislator, attending or speaking at a hearing, or having informed conversations with your neighbors and colleagues, advocating for what you believe in is an important part of civic involvement.

August 17, 2017 - DD, ABD and IHS Will Not Be Incorporated into Managed Care in the Near Future, per Commissioner Meyers

July 30, 2017 - Wait List Worries Continue - From the Desk of Alan Greene

June 27, 2017 - Action Alert: U.S. Senate to Vote in July on Revamped Healthcare Bill with Deep Cuts to Medicaid

June 23, 2017 - HB 620 (Threatening Special Education Rights) Is Voted Down -- Budget Passes House and Senate

June 1, 2017 - State Budget Passes Senate, But Work Continues on Companion Bill

April 17, 2017 - State Budget Deliberations Move to the NH Senate – Public Hearing Expected in Early May

April 14, 2017 - Join 20-Minute Webinar (Phone & Online) on How To Create Great Testimony on Wednesday, April 19th at 3 p.m.

April 4, 2017 -  ACTION ALERT: Ask Your State Representatives to Support Amendment 2017-1213h to HB1, Providing Additional DD Funds

March 31, 2017 -  Senate Votes on Medicaid Managed Care Implementation, Postponing DD, IHS and ABD Waivers Until At Least July 1, 2019

March 10, 2017 - NH House Narrowly Votes Down HB 387 to Provide Rate Increase for Care Workers

March 1, 2017 - ACTION ALERT: Families' Testimony Needed for March 13th Public Hearing on State Budget in Concord

February 27, 2017 - ACTION ALERT: Update on HB 620 (Endangers Education Rights for NH Children with Disabilities)

February 22, 2017 - CSNI List of Bills to Watch for 2017 NH Legislative Session

February 14, 2017 - HB 620 Could Endanger Education Rights and Protections for NH Children with Disabilities

February 9, 2017 - SB 153 to Fund Early Childhood Intervention Services Passes 5-0 by Senate HHS Committee

January 9, 2017 - ACTION ALERT: Letter Writing Campaign to Governor During January 2017

January 4, 2017 - Legislative Advocacy Training 101 at MDS Keene on Wednesday, January 11 - 3 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.

July 31, 2016 - Forging an Era of Greater Collaboration (Written by Alan Greene, Summer 2016 Clipboard)

July 13, 2016 - CSNI Makes Recommendations to Governor's Managed Care Commission for Final Report

June 20, 2016 - Gov. Hassan Signs SB 553 Re: Medicaid Managed Care Step 2 Implementation Plan

April 20, 2016 - NCD Report Shows People with Disabilities Lose Services in Managed Care

April 4, 2016 - ACTION ALERT: Show Your Support at April 14 Public Hearing Re: SB 553 (Step 2 Managed Care)

March 28, 2016 - Senate Passes SB 553 Re: Step 2 Managed Care Delay

March 17, 2016 - Senate Health & Human Services Committee Holds Public Hearing on SB 553 Re: Step 2 Managed Care on March 15th

February 18, 2016 - State of NH Performance Audit Shows Ineffectiveness in BDS Delivery System (Message from Alan Greene)

January 4, 2016 -

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March 31, 2017 - Senate Votes on Medicaid Managed Care Implementation, Postponing DD, IHS and ABD Waivers Until At Least July 1, 2019

On Thursday March 30th the full Senate voted on SB 155, relative to the implementation of the Medicaid managed care program. They voted unanimously to pass the bill with an amendment that requires nursing facility services and services provided under choices for independence waiver (CFI) to be incorporated into Medicaid managed care beginning on January 1, 2019.

The bill also requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to re-procure the entire Managed Care contract, and states that services under the remaining waivers (DD, IHS, and ABD) shall not be included in Managed Medicaid before July 1, 2019.

The bill will now be passed over to the House for a public hearing and vote.



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Community Support Network, Inc. (CSNI), a collaboration of the 10 Area Agencies in New Hampshire, takes an active interest in and monitors legislation that could positively or detrimentally impact the developmental disability community.

The Disabilities Rights Center (DRC) is NH’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency and provides information, referral, advice, and legal representation to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems.

The ARC's Disability Advocacy Network focuses on national issues, aimed at helping people with disabilities, parents, siblings, and allies advocate for our civil rights.

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