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May 30, 2018

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED TO JUNE 29, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services is extending the Granite Advantage Health Care Section 1115(a) Demonstration Waiver state public comment period to 5 pm on June 29, 2018. The public notice below contains updated information about the proposed amendment and extension and the Department of Health and Human Services to inform public comments during the extended comment period.

Section 1115 of the Social Security Act gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services authority to approve experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects that promote the objectives of the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs. Under this authority, the Secretary may waive certain provisions of the Medicaid law to give states additional flexibility to design and improve their programs.

To learn more about CMS Section 1115 Demonstration waivers, please visit the CMS web site at: www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/section-1115-demo/

For more information about New Hampshire’s current 1115 waiver, which the State is seeking to amend and extend, see: www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/section-1115-demo/demonstration-and-waiver-list/?entry=29927


May 29, 2018

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 5, 2018
Due to technical difficulties with the call-in telephone capability at the May 24th public hearing, the Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a third public hearing on the Granite Advantage Health Care Program on:

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Brown Building Auditorium
    129 Pleasant Street
    Concord, New Hampshire

If unable to attend, you may call in to the June 5th hearing:

If accommodations are needed for communication access such as interpreters, CART (captioning), assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact Leslie Melby at Leslie.Melby@dhhs.nh.gov or 603-271-9074 no later than June 4, 2018 for the June 5th hearing, in order to assure availability. Requests made later than these two dates will attempt to be accommodated but cannot be guaranteed.


PUBLIC NOTICE AND DRAFT WAIVER APPLICATION UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 Notice is hereby given that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking to amend and extend for five years its Medicaid Section 1115(a) Research and Demonstration Waiver, #11-W-00298/W, to continue the State’s efforts to integrate cost control and personal responsibility into the State’s Medicaid program. As described below, during the Public Comment period New Hampshire is convening three public hearings and providing additional opportunities for public input on a Granite Advantage Health Care Program Section 1115(a) Demonstration Waiver that will enable New Hampshire to extend its Medicaid expansion program, effective January 1, 2019. The updated Public Comment preiod will close at 5:00 PM on Firday, June 29, 2018.


Public Hearings

DHHS will host three public hearings during the public comment period. The next hearing date is:

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Brown Building Auditorium
    129 Pleasant Street
    Concord, New Hampshire
    If unable to attend, you may call in to the June 5th hearing:
    Toll Free Number: 1-866-470-8024
    When prompted, dial: 965 412 0884
    Presentation: Granite Advantage Program
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    If accommodations are needed for communication access such as interpreters, CART (captioning), assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact Leslie Melby at Leslie.Melby@dhhs.nh.gov or 603-271-9074 no later than June 4, 2018 for the June 5th hearing, in order to assure availability. Requests made later than these two dates will attempt to be accommodated but cannot be guaranteed.

DHHS previously hosted hearings at the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, May 14, 2018 2:00-4:30 PM
    Department of Health and Human Services
    29 Hazen Drive, Auditorium
    Concord, NH
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  • Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:30-8:00 PM
    Harbor Homes
    77 Northeastern Blvd
    Nashua, NH
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Comments were also considered at the Monday, May 14, 2018 Medical Care Advisory Committee Meeting, from 10-12 p.m. All Medical Care Advisory Committee Meetings are open to the public.

Medical Care Advisory Committee Meeting location:
NH Hospital Association
125 Airport Rd, Conference Room 1
Concord NH 03301

The public comment period for the Granite Advantage Health Care Program Section 1115(a) Demonstration Waiver is from May 8, 2018 until June 29, 2018. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on June 29, 2018.

DHHS would like to hear your comments about the changes it is proposing. After hearing the public’s ideas and comments about the proposed changes, DHHS will make final decisions about what changes to make to the Granite Advantage Health Care Program Section 1115(a) Demonstration Waiver and then submit a revised application to CMS. The summary of comments will be posted for public viewing on this web page along with the waiver renewal application when it is submitted to CMS.

There are several ways to give your comments to DHHS. One way is to attend the public hearings held at the dates/locations noted above, or the Medical Care Advisory Committee Meeting, also noted above. At the public hearings, you can give verbal or written comments to DHHS. Additional information about providing comments is noted below.

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