concordnhWe need your help. Senate Bill (SB) 553 relative to implementation of the Medicaid managed care program is having a public hearing in the House Health and Human Services & Elderly Affairs committee on Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m. in Concord.

This bill (which has already passed the Senate on a vote of 23-0) would prevent DHHS from expanding the Medicaid managed care program before June 30, 2017. It would also require DHHS to receive legislative approval for any future expansions of Medicaid managed care via the Joint Fiscal committee. The bill’s full language can be found here.

As you know, for several years the Area Agencies and our families have been working hard to make sure that the Medicaid managed care program does not negatively impact people with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders in NH. This public hearing is a great opportunity for our voices to be heard on this critical issue.

What: Public Hearing - this means you can testify or simply attend in person to show support.

When: Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 10 a.m. in LOB rooms 205-207

Where: The Legislative Office Building (LOB) is located at 33 N State St, Concord, NH 03301, directly behind the State House (click here for map).

Why: The public hearing on SB 553 is an opportunity for our elected officials to discuss and ask tough questions about step 2 of Medicaid managed care. It is also a chance for families who have been negatively impacted by Medicaid managed care (step 1) to explain how the program has impacted their families medical services including prescriptions. The House members need to hear from their constituents that the Medicaid managed care program is not ready to be expanded at this time.

Who (should participate): All are invited to attend a public hearing, especially those who receive services from the Area Agencies. It is also important to community members, school professionals, DSPs and families/friends of those who receive supports.

How (you can help): It's easy really. There are many levels of support that you can offer! Choose one or a few

  • Come to the hearing wearing black. The color choice is simply because most people, even kids, own a black shirt, suit, sweater or dress -- it has no other meaning. You will be given a large pink sticker to show your support for the bill.

  • Call your representative on the committee. You can do this via this link to the committee website. Susan Emerson from Rindge and Lucy Weber from Walpole are among those serving on the committee. Ask them to support SB 553. (FYI, later this season we will organize calls to general members of the House, when the full House votes on this bill.)

  • Write an email to a member of the committee, or all of themFind committee contact info here. Keep it short and polite. Include your name and city/town, ask them to support the bill (SB553) as it was sent over from the Senate, tell them about how the delay would be helpful to you or your family, and thank them. Be sure to add a way to contact you, email or phone.

  • Testify at the hearing. If you choose to testify at the hearing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to coordinate your message. While everyone has the right to testify, we want to respect the needs of individuals’ and families’ time, so a more coordinated effort helps that! You can also make posters to line the committee halls with. (Posters cannot be brought into the committee room.)

Thank you for your help on this very important initiative.