September 2, 2011, Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is inviting the public to a series of regional forums that are aimed at assisting in the design, development and implementation of NH’s Care Management Program. New Hampshire is moving from its current Medicaid system to a Managed Care Plan.
“We recognize that transitioning from Medicaid as we know it today, to a care management model is a significant undertaking,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “But we believe that if we are thoughtful in our approach, and if we take the time to listen and engage our stakeholders that we can in fact help improve the health and well-being of those we serve.”
There will be five regional forums held around the State during the month of September. The public is welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.
The schedule of the forums is as follows:
• September 13th in Keene at the Keene Public Library – 2 – 4 PM
• September 14th in Nashua at Nashua Community College – 6 – 8 PM
September 22nd in Somersworth at Goodwin Community Health- 10 AM – 12 PM
• September 23rd in Manchester at the Manchester Health Department – 10 AM – 12 PM
• The North Country – date and time TBA soon
Forums will be facilitated, interactive events that will allow for participants to provide input about their expectations, concerns and needs using a mixture of small-group and large-group discussions. They will not be formal hearings where participants need to prepare testimony.
For those who are unable to attend the forums, the Department will also be seeking input through an online survey on its website, as well as accepting comments in writing to DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, 129 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301. The survey will be online on September 15.

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