Post-Pandemic Benefit Changes
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has worked to provide continued economic, nutrition and medical assistance to New Hampshire residents. The information on this page explains how your State assistance could change when the COVID-19 federal public health emergency ends.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
In March of 2020, DHHS made temporary program changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which included an additional, emergency SNAP allotment and extended SNAP eligibility.
The flexibilities you received as a participant in the SNAP program during the COVID-19 pandemic were made possible by federal COVID-19 funding. These flexibilities will end when federal and state COVID-19 public health emergencies end.
New Hampshire is currently under a Public Health Incident Declaration, which will remain in effect until September 30, 2022.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Services allows states to continue to provide the emergency SNAP allotment if a state is under a State of Emergency or Public Health Incident, and NH will continue to apply for future Emergency SNAP Allotment on a monthly basis under the Public Health Incident Declaration.
New SNAP Changes Beginning October 1
Beginning October 1, 2021, Federal and State laws will change the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These included changes to income limits, the maximum amount of SNAP benefits you can receive, and the amount of deductions you can claim. You will have received a notice letting you know the amount of your benefit.
As a result of the COVID pandemic, SNAP benefits increased for all households by 15%. This was a temporary change and will expire at the end of September, 2021.
Read more about the changes in this update from the US Food and Nutrition Services.
Renew Your Medicaid Coverage
During the federal COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) temporarily waived certain Medicaid program requirements and conditions to prevent people with Medicaid from losing their health coverage during the federal PHE. But when the PHE ends, DHHS will be required to resume normal renewal procedures.
Take action now to ensure you have health coverage when the PHE ends.
If you are covered by Medicaid and have received a PINK notice from DHHS, you must complete a redetermination and provide the information requested in that notice to see if you are still eligible for Medicaid. You can do this now through your NH EASY account. Your Medicaid will not close while the PHE remains in effect, but if you wait to complete your redetermination until after the PHE ends, you may experience a gap in your Medicaid coverage.
Get Ready Now
Get Ready Now
Here are some things you can do:
- Update your contact information
Make sure we have your current mailing address, phone number, and email, so we can contact you about your Medicaid coverage.
- Check your mail or Email
We will send you a letter (in the mail or through NH EASY if you've chosen to "Go Green") about your coverage that will let you know if you need to complete a renewal form or provide more information to see if you still are still eligible for Medicaid.
- Complete your renewal form (if you get one)
Fill out the form and return it right away with any requested verifications to help avoid a gap in your Medicaid coverage. Even if you become ineligible, your benefits will not close until the end of the federal PHE.
If you no longer qualify for Medicaid after the PHE
You may be able to buy a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace®, and get help paying for it. If you no longer qualify for Medicaid, in most situations, DHHS is required to transfer your account to the Marketplace. You can speak with a New Hampshire Health Insurance Navigator who can help you find healthcare coverage.
New Hampshire’s navigators are:
- Health Market Connect 1-800-208-5164 or 603-309-2021; https://www.hmcnh.com
- NH Navigator/First Choices Services 1-877-211-NAVI or 603-931-3858; https://acanavigator.com/nh/home
Still Have Questions?
Contact the Customer Service Center, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. at 1-844-ASK-DHHS (1-844-275-3447) and select option #3. (TDD: 1-800-735-2964).
When is this happening?
Each month, the State of NH must apply to the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to continue the Emergency SNAP Allotment. Because the emergency allotment had already been approved for July benefits, your July benefits will still include the emergency allotment. The FNS allows states to continue to provide the emergency SNAP allotment if a state is under a State of Emergency or Public Health Incident and NH will continue to apply for future Emergency SNAP Allotment under the Public Health Incident Declaration.
Continuous Medicaid coverage is tied to end of the federal public health emergency. This means that if you are overdue for your redetermination and do not complete the required recertification process by the end of the federal public health emergency, your Medicaid will close.
What do I need to do?
If you receive SNAP, prepare now for a reduction in these benefits. You can also call NH 211 or, for families with children, your local Family Resource Center may be able to assist you with additional resources for you and your family.
If you receive Medicaid and have received a PINK notice from DHHS, you must complete a redetermination and verify your income, and in some cases, resources, to see if you are still eligible for Medicaid. You can do this now through your NH EASY account. Your Medicaid will not close if you are over income while federal public health emergency remains in effect. If you wait until the public health emergency ends, you may experience a gap in coverage. If you need assistance to process your redetermination, your service provider may be able to assist you.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
You can contact the Client Services Center at (603) 271-9700, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I appeal the decision when I stop getting the Emergency SNAP allotment?
You have a right to appeal the decision. However, SNAP is a federal program and the emergency allotment is federally mandated to end on a specific date, and you could lose the appeal. If you lose an appeal, you are required to pay back benefits you received while your appeal was in process.
Where can I get more information?
For updated information, check this page on a regular basis. To complete your Medicaid redetermination, visit the NH EASY Gateway to Services website.
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