Although there is no firm news from DHHS on progress for the implementation of Step 1 of Medicaid Managed Care, there is progress on another aspect. Governor Maggie Hassan issued an Executive Order in April to create the Governor's Commission on Medicaid Care Management.

This Commission will bring together members of the public representing a broad range of experience in health care issues to review and advise on the implementation of an efficient, fair and high-quality Medicaid care management system. Donald Shumway of Crotched Mountain and Yvonne Goldsberry of CMC-DH-Keene are serving on this very important Commission that will advise the Governor on the implementation of the Managed Care program.

Meetings are open to the public, and the next one is next Wednesday, May 22 from 1-4 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building Room 301-303,  on State Street in Concord. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Future meetings of th Managed Care Commission are scheduled for first Thursdays from June to December (except 2nd Thursday in July), with future meeting places yet to be determined. An informational web page will be set up on the Governor's website (www.nh.gov) by the end of May.