Medicaid Managed Care en Medicaid Enrollment Jumps By 11,000, Stretching State Budget <p></p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">n unexpected surge in Medicaid enrollments during the past six months is putting pressure on the state’s budget.</span></p><p>Medicaid has seen its enrollment jump by roughly 11,000 people since January 1. State officials attribute this to two main things: under the Affordable Care Act, there’s a streamlined application process, and that increased publicity surrounding the law brought out more applicants.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:08:03 +0000 Todd Bookman 51705 at Hassan Delays Portion Of Medicaid Managed Care Plan <p>The transition of New Hampshire's Medicaid program to what’s called ‘managed care’ was supposed to be phased in over three years.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, private companies would take over administration of medical care for more than 100,000 recipients. In year two, services for people with developmental disabilities, including supports such as 24-hour aides and housing would switch over. And then, lastly, newly eligible recipients through Medicaid expansion would get benefits arranged through the managed care companies.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:06:35 +0000 Todd Bookman 46168 at Hassan Delays Portion Of Medicaid Managed Care Plan Transition To Managed Medicaid Hits Some Bumps <p>It’s been a little more than 100 days since the state of New Hampshire dramatically re-shaped its biggest program. On December 1<sup>st</sup>, traditional Medicaid became Medicaid Managed Care, shifting administration of the health program into the hands of private companies in the hopes of saving $15 million a year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perhaps the biggest change to the program for recipients revolves around something called prior authorizations.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 45332 at Transition To Managed Medicaid Hits Some Bumps DHHS Commissioner Toumpas <p>You would think that the commissioner of the state’s largest agency has one of the biggest to-do lists of the year, and for Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas, you’re probably right. A new year brings new challenges for Toumpas: with Medicaid, there’s the implementation of its managed care program, as well as the continuing debate over its expansion. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy & Faith Meixell 42197 at DHHS Commissioner Toumpas With Managed Care Launching, Let The Marketing Begin <p></p><p></p><p>The state's long-coming transition to what's called Medicaid managed care takes a big step Wednesday, when m<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ost of the state’s 130,000 Medicaid recipients enter into an open enrollment period.</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:24:29 +0000 Todd Bookman 34700 at With Managed Care Launching, Let The Marketing Begin A Conversation With Commissioner Toumpas <p>Whether it’s the debate over expanding Medicaid or the struggle to improve mental health services, his department has seen its share of challenges lately, but did receive a bit of a boost in the last budget. &nbsp;We’ll talk with the commissioner about all this, and &nbsp;controversy over the state’s Medicaid managed care plan.</p><p></p><p><strong><u>Guest:</u></strong></p><p><strong>- Nick Toumpas</strong> - Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 33547 at A Conversation With Commissioner Toumpas Group Takes State To Court Over Medicaid Managed Care <p>A group of developmentally disabled residents is taking the state to court over a proposed plan to transition coordination of their treatment to private companies.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:39:02 +0000 Todd Bookman 33319 at With Dartmouth On Board, Managed Medicaid Transition A Step Closer <p>Dartmouth-Hitchcock is agreeing to join the Medicaid managed care program. &nbsp;The state's largest health care system had been a key hold out in the new effort.</p><p>A transition from traditional Medicaid to so-called managed care is already a year behind schedule, costing the state an estimated $15 million in expected savings. One problem has been a lack of participation from hospitals. They’ve voiced concerned that the arrangement could pay them less for treating Medicaid patients.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:40:25 +0000 Todd Bookman 30461 at Medicaid Overhaul Plan Hits A Road Block <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s been three years since state lawmakers began touting managed care as the salvation of Medicaid.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:14:14 +0000 Todd Bookman 23716 at State Prepares for Massive Shift to Medicaid Managed Care <p><strong>News Update</strong> <strong>at 2:54 p.m. Wed. May 9</strong>:&nbsp; The Executive Council has passed a $2.3 billion contract that will overhaul the state&rsquo;s Medicaid program. Medicaid Managed care could significantly shake up service for some 140,000 N.H. residents. HHS officials believe this reform is critical. More details to follow on this evening&#39;s All Things Considered.<br /> Tue, 08 May 2012 20:42:51 +0000 4417 at State Prepares for Massive Shift to Medicaid Managed Care Executive Council Has More Questions on Medicaid Managed Care <p>&nbsp;</p><p>State and Managed Care company officials met today with the executive council to discuss the contract that would change the state&rsquo;s Medicaid Program. The councilors have serious concerns, and many questions.</p><p>The $2.2 billion dollar proposed contract is the biggest in the history of the state.&nbsp;Supporters say <a href="">Managed Medicaid</a> would streamline services for the some 130,000 people in the program.&nbsp;Health-care providers worry the new contract may hurt their patients and their business.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 20:16:06 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 3118 at Executive Council Has More Questions on Medicaid Managed Care