New Hampshire Proposes 3 Managed Medicaid Contracts; Groups Call for Public Review

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services will recommend to the state executive committee that managed care contracts be awarded to three companies that will oversee the state's Medicaid program, according to a Concord Monitor report.

Under legislation passed last year, the state's Medicaid program will move from fee-for-service to managed care, and state health officials must submit recommendations for managed care contracts to the state executive committee. The contracts, which are worth a collective $2.23 billion over three years, are now awaiting approval by the executive council. Gov. John Lynch predicts the managed care contracts could save the state $32 million in fiscal year 2013.

Under the state's managed care plan, Medicaid beneficiaries have the flexibility to choose one of the three companies, which would pair each Medicaid recipient with a primary care provider or medical home to receive preventive care. The state administers a budget to each company to help control healthcare costs and prevent unnecessary care. The managed care program will roll out in three phases, starting this July.

The executive council will meet today to go over the proposals, with an expected voting date of March 28.

However, various groups, including the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, AARP New Hampshire, the Children's Alliance and the New Hampshire Hospital Association, have called on the executive council to delay the vote and allow more time for the public to review the proposed managed care contracts.

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