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More than 40,000 NH Residents Enrolled in New Hampshire Health Protection Program in Less than 10 Months
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Publish Date:
May 28, 2015

Concord, NH – As of May 27, 2015, more than 40,000 New Hampshire residents have enrolled in the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP). Enrollment for the Program began on July 1, 2014, and coverage began on August 15, 2014.

“This is the biggest expansion of coverage for New Hampshire residents in our history,” said Nicholas Toumpas, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “We are proud to have reached so many of our neighbors in such a short period of time.”

New Hampshire’s health care expansion plan, signed into law in March 2014, allows New Hampshire residents between 19 and 65 years old and with a household income of up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to be eligible for NHHPP coverage at little to no cost. The program is scheduled to sunset on December 13, 2016 unless it is reauthorized by the New Hampshire Legislature.

“Our bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program is strengthening the health and financial security of more than 40,000 hard-working Granite Staters, boosting our economy and reducing uncompensated care that shifts costs onto all of our families and businesses,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “Reauthorizing this bipartisan program beyond the end of 2016 is critical for the health of our people and our economy, as uncertainty about the continuation of the program could lead to rising rates for all consumers. Uncertainty about the program’s future could also cause insurers to decide not to offer coverage in New Hampshire in 2017. We must work together to find a bipartisan path forward.”

NHHPP, which is administered by DHHS, provides two new programs for coverage: the Health Insurance Premium Payment Program and the Bridge Program. The Health Insurance Premium Payment Program is for residents ages 19 to 65 who have access to health insurance through an employer and fall below certain income thresholds. The Bridge Program is also for residents ages 19 to 65 who don’t have coverage.

“For many, peace of mind means getting coverage for preventive care such as regular checkups,” said Toumpas. “It also means they will now be covered for emergency care due to accidents, for mental health counseling and for substance use treatment.”

Those interested in getting more information can enroll one of three ways: online at www.nheasy.nh.gov, by calling our Medicaid Services Center at 1-888-901-4999, or by visiting one of the DHHS district offices across the State.

 
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