Yesterday the State of New Hampshire announced that it will begin accepting applications for the Health Protection Program on July 1, with coverage scheduled to begin on August 15. This is welcome news for the nearly 50,000 low-income Granite State adults who will now have access to affordable health insurance available through this program.
Who Is Eligible for the Health Protection Program?
Adults ages 19-64 with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible. That means, for example, an individual with a monthly income around $1,342 or a family of two with a monthly income of around $1,800 may be eligible. The only way for someone to find out for certain if he or she is eligible is to apply.
How Do People Apply?
People can apply in three ways:
- online at www.nheasy.nh.gov
- by phone at 888-901-4999, or
- in person by visiting a Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) district office. (For a list of district office locations, visit www.dhhs.state.nh.us/contactus/districtoffices.htm.)
What Types of Coverage Are Offered?
There are two types of coverage available:
- If someone has health insurance available through an employer, the state may pay the enrollee’s share of the cost of that insurance, depending on the total cost to the state. The costs the state pays include monthly premiums, co-payments, and deductibles.
- The state may offer coverage through its Medicaid care management program.
The state will evaluate which option is most cost effective and make the coverage determination.
Benefits will include the following basic categories of services:
- Ambulatory patient services
- Emergency services
- Maternity and newborn care
- Mental health and substance use disorder services
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitative and habilitative services (like chiropractic care)and devices
- Laboratory services
- Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
- Non-emergency transportation
People are encouraged to attend one of the Department of Health and Human Services’ informational sessions being held around the state. Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the following locations:
- Berlin, June 17, Androscoggin Valley Hospital, 59 Page Hill Road.
- Claremont, June 18, River Valley Community College, 1 College Drive.
- Derry, June 24, Municipal Center, 14 Manning St.
- Dover, June 26, Dover Middle School, 16 Daley Drive
- Littleton, June 25, Littleton High School, 159 Oak Hill Ave.
- Nashua, June 19, Nashua High South, 36 Riverside Drive.
- Portsmouth, July 1, Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave.
Sign up to receive DHHS e-mail alerts about the Health Protection Program: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NHHealthProtection
Additional details are available at the DHHS Health Protection Program web page: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/nhhpp