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SB 155: Relative to the Implementation of Medicaid Managed Care

Posted: July 27, 2017

SB 155 – Relative to the implementation of the Medicaid managed care program

This bill had bipartisan sponsorship by Senators and State Representatives:

Senator Sanborn, Senator Avard, Senator Birdsell, Senator Fuller Clark, Senator Kahn, Senator Reagan, Senator Watters, Rep. McNamara, Rep. T. Le, Rep. M. MacKay, Rep. LeBrun, Rep. Martin

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.

The commissioner of DHHS shall re-procure contracts with vendors to administer the Medicaid managed care program, with a program start date of July 1, 2019. This means that other companies, besides just New Hampshire Health Families and Well Sense will be able to bid on the contracts to provide services as part of the Medicaid managed care program in the state of New Hampshire.

The language around this is very important. The House and Senate had different amendments to the bill as to the dates of when these services should start. Because of this, it went to a Committee of Conference where members of the Senate and the House worked together to create language that both could agree on.

It is the position of CSNI that current managed care models have not been shown to develop an adequate system of long term supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders.  We will continue to work with New Hampshire families, agencies, our elected officials, and the Governor to promote a community-based service system that truly meets the needs of New Hampshire’s families.

SB 155 became a law without the signature of the Governor on July 22, 2017.

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