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CSNI takes an active interest in Legislation (Federal and State) that could positively or detrimentally impact the developmental disability community. This is accomplished through monitoring proposed Legislation at the Federal and State level to ensure it advances the system, and responding to changing needs of those individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. CSNI has a dedicated group of Legislative Liaisons who educate through testimony, and actively informs self-advocates and parents of children who have developmental disabilities of pending legislation and proposed policy changes. CSNI tracks many bills on issues relative to developmental disabilities, acquired brain disorders and other health care issues.

Legislative Update on Key Pieces of Legislation

Posted: April 26, 2018

It has been a busy week in the New Hampshire Legislature!! Here is a brief overview of where some of the key bills stand that CSNI is following at this time:

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SB590: Developmental Disability Wait List Funding

Posted: April 10, 2018

SB590 has an appropriation that would support the developmental disability wait list. The bill has passed the Senate and is currently being worked on in the House Finance Committee. At the end of the biennium, it is expected that 340 will be on the wait list without additional funding to the wait list.

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Legislative Update

Posted: April 10, 2018

The 2018 legislative session is more than halfway through. For a non-budget year it has still been a busy one! Some of the bills that we have considered to be of high importance or priority are still going through the legislative process.

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HB1816: Relative to Medicaid managed care- Public Hearing

Posted: January 31, 2018

There is a Public Hearing that will be held tomorrow, Thursday February 1st at 10:00am on HB1816 which is relative to Medicaid managed care. The hearing is at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) at 33 North State Street in Concord, NH (Directly behind the State House). CSNI supports this bill, specific to stopping the implementation of the community based services that the area agencies provide, also known as Step 2.

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2018 Legislative Session Begins

Posted: January 18, 2018

The 2018 legislative session has kicked off and is off to a busy start. CSNI is following more than 85 bills at this time, though that number could be adjusted up or down depending on many different factors. The bill language is hyperlinked into the bill number and the docket (information regarding where the bill is in the process) is hyperlinked into the status. Some of our priorities this year include Medicaid Managed Care, workforce development, and supporting the family and medical leave insurance program. To see some information regarding some of the important bills you can view our public policy positions.

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STABLE NH Accounts Go Live!!

Posted: December 15, 2017

The STABLE NH accounts have gone live online as of today! The Federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act has made it into New Hampshire! These accounts will allow individuals with disabilities to be able to save and invest money without losing eligibility public benefits like their social security income or Medicaid benefits! This is a tax-free savings plan for disability-related expenses. 

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ABLE Accounts Press Conference

Posted: November 7, 2017

There is a press conference taking place on Wednesday November 8th at 10am at the Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH related to the ABLE Accounts. 

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Governor Chris Sununu’s Statement on Graham-Cassidy Bill

Posted: September 19, 2017

As some of you may know there is a new federal bill that has been introduced into the US Congress, the Graham-Cassidy Bill, related to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA.)
The Congressional Budget Office expects to have a preliminary assessment of the implications of the bill next week. The plan, however is to get this passed before September 30th when they would then need 60 votes to pass a budget bill rather than the 51 votes needed now. They are moving fast on this action.
In a press release published on September 18th by NH Governor Chris Sununu, he does not support the bill as it is currently crafted. He states “Unfortunately, under this plan, New Hampshire could possibly lose over a $1 billion in Medicaid funding between 2020-2026.”
See the full statement from Governor Sununu below.

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SB 553: Public Working Sessions

Posted: August 11, 2017

The SB553 workgroup convened on August 9th.  DHHS Commissioner Jeff Meyers reviewed the SB155 language, articulating that CFI and Nursing Facilities SHALL be incorporated into managed Medicaid on July 1, 2019.  He quickly went on to state that there is NO plan for incorporating DD, ABD or IHS into managed care at this time, nor does he expect there to be one at any time in the near future.  The focus of SB553 work is solely on CFI and NF at this time. There were presentations given outlining different managed Medicaid models such as ACOs, provider-run ACOs and hybrid MCO-ACOs. 

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SB 155: Relative to the Implementation of Medicaid Managed Care

Posted: July 27, 2017

The bill states that services provided under the Choices for Independence waiver (CFI) and nursing facilities shall be incorporated into the Medicaid managed care delivery system beginning on July 1, 2019. 
The remaining provisions of step 2 of the Medicaid managed care program, (this includes the services under the three waivers DD/IHS/ABD) shall not be implemented before July 1, 2019. 

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