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News Release

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2018

Governor Sununu Press Office
(603) 271-2121

NH DHHS Announces Medicaid Rate Increase for High-Intensity Residential SUD Services

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is bringing forward to the Governor and Executive Council tomorrow, December 19, 2018, rates for the Medicaid Care Management Program for the 6-month period beginning on January 1, 2019 in order to cover the population now enrolled in the Granite Advantage Health Care Program. In order to assure access to critical substance misuse disorder services for all Medicaid recipients, the Department has increased the Medicaid rates paid to providers for high-intensity inpatient residential treatment services. The Department is adjusting high-intensity residential inpatient rates to make them more consistent with those other states' Medicaid programs. DHHS was able to increase residential treatment rates within the scope of its current budget appropriation.

"One of my top priorities as Governor has been to establish a system that every resident caught up in the opioid epidemic can access to get the help they need," said Governor Christopher T. Sununu. "We have put forward tremendous resources to ensure treatment and recovery services are accessible to all residents, including building the new Hub and Spoke system in every region of the State. The Department's efforts to raise residential inpatient SUD treatment services is another critical step in the process to ensure our providers have the means and workforce they need to that people in New Hampshire can get help where they live."

"The analysis conducted by our actuaries is useful for trying to set residential SUD treatment rates through the end of the current budget cycle. Together with a payment for room and board from the recent State Opioid Response grant, total compensation for high-intensity residential SUD services will increase beginning January 1, 2019 from $162.60 to $347.17 per day, helping to bring reimbursement to a level more in line with other New England states," said Commissioner Jeffrey A. Meyers.

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