New Hampshire Medicaid enrollment exceeds expectations

December 06, 2014

New Hampshire is close to meeting its first-year enrollment target for the state's expanded Medicaid program less than six months after sign-ups began. Officials expected 30,000 to 40,000 of the estimated 50,000 eligible adults would sign up in the first year. As of mid-week, just fewer than 25,300 had signed up. The associate commissioner of the state HHS, attributes the high numbers to the education and outreach efforts by her department and others and strong relationships among state officials, community health and mental health centers and hospitals. The president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, said hospitals are monitoring the impact the new coverage will have on the number of patients seen in hospitals and their physician practices. The program is projected to cost $340 million a year when fully implemented and would use 100% federal funding through 2017. Coverage will end if federal funding drops below 100% and ends regardless at the end of 2016 if the Legislature doesn't reauthorize it.