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September 11. 2013 9:15PM

Enrollment open for new Medicaid program

CONCORD — Open enrollment has begun for the state’s new managed care program for Medicaid recipients.

State budget writers believe the managed care program will save millions of dollars. It begins Dec. 1 and will be administered by three private companies.

The program was to begin more than a year ago, but hospitals balked at the reimbursement rates for joining the three networks. After lawmakers increased the rates, hospitals began agreeing to join the three networks.

Medicaid’s 130,000 recipients will have 60 days to select one of the three health plans from Meridian Health Plan, New Hampshire Healthy Families and Well Sense Health Plan.

The three health plans are required to have statewide provider networks that include acute care hospitals and community health and mental health centers. All of the state’s 26 hospitals are included in at least one of the three networks.

Medicaid benefits do not change under managed care, but recipients are required to have a “medical home” or primary care physician.Clients using the electronic NH EASY system (www.NHEASY.com) may enroll in a health plan now. For others, enrollment information will be sent beginning next week. Those needing assistance may call 1-888-901-4999.

Information about the plans is available at www.mhplan.com, www.wellsense.org, and www.nhhealthyfamilies.com. DHHS also has a provider directory at www.NHEASY.com. For more information, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov.


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