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New Hampshire faces Medicaid provider shortage

New Hampshire Statehouse (AP photo: Jim Cole)
New Hampshire Statehouse (AP photo: Jim Cole)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire has changed key rates to entice medical providers to participate in a managed care network for Medicaid clients currently stalled for lack of providers.

State Health and Human Services Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas said Tuesday that the agency adjusted the rates to give three managed care companies under contract with the state more flexibility in negotiating with providers.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, D, is backing a budget that would restore about half of the $200 million in aid cut in the last two years — but only if the hospitals pay taxes on their revenues at much higher amounts than the Senate believes is realistic. The state parcels out the hospital tax revenue to pay medical providers, for general state spending and as aid to hospitals.

The combination of low rates and the aid cut stalled negotiations over hospitals joining the managed care system until recently, according to Toumpas and state Medicaid Director Katie Dunn, who announced the rate changes at a Senate Finance Committee meeting.

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