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HB 1696 Commission to Evaluate the Effectiveness and Future of the Premium Assistance Program

This bill requires the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services to submit waivers or state plan amendments to modify the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. The bill includes funding for such program by using moneys from the insurance premium tax, federal funds, and other non-general fund revenues. This bill also allows veterans who are New Hampshire residents to receive services under the New Hampshire health protection program. Go to the NH General Court web site to see the staus of this bill.

The Commission shall evaluate the effectiveness and future of the Premium Assistance Program. Specifically the commission shall:

  1. Review the program's financial metrics.
  2. Review the program's product offerings.
  3. Review the program's impact on insurance premiums for individuals and small businesses.
  4. Make recommendations for future program modifications, including, but not limited to whether the Premium Assistance Program is the most cost-effective model for the long term versus a return to private market managed care.
  5. Evaluate non-general fund funding options for longer term continuation of the program.
    (b) Any funding solutions recommended by the Commission shall not include the use of new general funds.
    (c) The Commission shall solicit information from any person or entity the commission deems relevant to its study.

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