New Hampshire Executive Council approves Medicaid contracts

December 15, 2015

The New Hampshire Executive Council approved the amendment to a contract to develop and implement a new Medicaid processing and payment system. Developing and implementing the new Medicaid system was approved in 2005 and projected to cost $25 million, but is now projected to cost more than $80 million as federal officials do final reviews of the system. The contract with Xerox would increase $1.2 million to $146 million to implement and operate the system, which the council approved. The additional costs are due to enhancements and a three-year extension for operating the system. Another contract change reduces state costs by about $12 million through the end of the current biennium for the two companies that administer the Medicaid Managed Care system. The contract is now $1.6 billion with the decrease due to delays in implementing the program for some recipients and changing provider rates. The contract for mental health services is not expected before the council until its second meeting in January. The council also approved a $7.1 million contract with Coordinated Transportation Solutions of Trumbull, Conn. The contract is for transportation for Medicaid recipients to healthcare appointments. Under Medicaid expansion, which is currently 100% federally funded, transportation services have to be included. Transportation is also included under the Medicaid fee-for-services system which covers some segments of the population not yet in the managed care program, such as the developmentally disabled.
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