DHHS has announced a Dec. 1, 2013 start date for MCM Step 1, the Acute Care portion of the Medicaid managed care program. Medicaid recipients should have received an informational letter from DHHS Commissioner Toumpas last week, alerting them that enrollment will begin soon, but that no action is yet required. (Please note this is Step 1 only, not Step 2 which covers DD services). Click here to read a copy of the DHHS letter.

We want to keep everyone as updated as possible. At this point, we don't have much detailed information for you, but we are keeping a close eye on things and will keep you posted. Here is what we do know:

1. Detailed information and instructions are not yet available on options and actions items. You should receive materials and instructions in the mail from DHHS. In coming weeks you will be required to choose from one of three plans to cover Primary Care and other healthcare costs. Please know that as soon as any information does become available (hopefully in the next few weeks), we will pass along what we know to you. We also plan to hold information sessions as needed. You should also visit the new DHHS Medicaid Care Management site to read their updates.

2. DHHS is heavily marketing their NH EASY online account system, and encouraging folks to create an account on line. These accounts are easily manageable and convenient, so you might want to consider using this option. Click here to read instructions on how to sign up for NH EASY. If you have any questions or need help to sign up for NH EASY, please call or email Sandra Metivier, MDS Benefits Specialist, who will be more than happy to assist you in this process.

3. Step 2 of the Managed Care program, which includes disabilities services and long-term care, will not start until at least December 1, 2014, with specific plans not yet determined. Meanwhile, a group of NH families and the Area Agencies have filed a complaint in the NH State Court asking for a ruling that could exclude all waivered services (which is what most DD services are) from the Managed Care program. Click here to learn more about this complaint filing.

As information becomes available, we will post to our website and pass it along to you. If you have any questions, contact your MDS Service Coordinator or Sandra Metivier at 352-1304, ext. 290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..