The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) invites the public to provide input as it pursues a switch to a Managed Care model for Medicaid services. Anyone involved in Medicaid services (individuals, families, service providers, community members) should complete the DHHS online Care Management Survey by Wednesday, October 5th at 9:00 p.m. As more information becomes available on this topic, it will be posted on the MDS Advocacy page.

Is Managed Care the right model for those with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders? Your input is needed at a forum to discuss the implications of this change. New Hampshire is moving from its current Medicaid system to a Managed Care Plan, and those with disabilities are among those who could be affected by this change.

Background information is available on the MDS Advocacy Alert page.

“We recognize that transitioning from Medicaid as we know it today, to a care management model is a significant undertaking,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “But we believe that if we are thoughtful in our approach, and if we take the time to listen and engage our stakeholders that we can in fact help improve the health and well-being of those we serve.”

The process began with a series of regional forums aimed at assisting in the design, development and implementation of NH’s Care Management Program. The Monadnock region forum was held Tuesday, September 13 at the Keene Public Library from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.There will be five regional forums held around the State during the month of September. Forums are intended to be facilitated, interactive events that allow for participants to provide input about their expectations, concerns and needs using a mixture of small-group and large-group discussions.

· September 13th in Keene at the Keene Public Library - 2 – 4 PM

· September 14th in Nashua at Nashua Community College - 6 – 8 PM

· September 22nd in Somersworth at Avis Goodwin - 10 AM – 12 PM

· September 23rd in Manchester at the Manchester Health Department – 10 AM – 12 PM

· The North Country - date and time TBA soon

For those who are unable to attend the forums, the Department seeks input through an online survey on its website, as well as accepting comments in writing to DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, 129 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301. The survey will be online on September 15.

Background information and a position statement on this Managed Care Strategy is available from Community Support Network Inc (CSNI).