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Dec 24, 2014 4:04 PM

Record number of residents sign up for new health care coverage


CONCORD - It's the biggest expansion of coverage for New Hampshire residents in state history.

The number of people signing up for the state's New Hampshire Health Protection Program has skyrocketed since it began in July of this year.

At last check, the number of people who have signed up has reached nearly 30,000.

That's a whole lot more than program organizers had expected.

It provides preventive care, check-ups, and coverage for emergency accidents, among other things.

New Hampshire's new health care expansion plan, signed into law in March, means New Hampshire citizens who are between 19 and 65 years old and have a household income of up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level are now eligible for New Hampshire Health Protection Program coverage.

Enrolment for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program began on July 1, 2014, and coverage started on August 15, 2014. And, people can enroll four ways: online at www.nheasy.nh.gov, by calling our Medicaid Services Center at 1-888-901-4999, by visiting one of DHHS district offices across the state, or through healthcare.gov.

Here's how the New Hampshire Health Protection Program Works: Adults who get cost-effective insurance through their jobs can stay covered through their employer-sponsored insurance. But now, the state will pay their premiums and other costs of coverage through the new the Health Insurance Premium Program. Those who do not have access to cost-effective insurance at work can join in managed care plans offered by Well Sense and New Hampshire Healthy Families in the Voluntary Bridge to Marketplace Program.

In order to best serve our state in the process, DHHS has have staff and partners ready to answer any questions through the Medicaid Services Center located in Concord and at 11 local district offices from Berlin to Nashua.

And, they have a call center at the Department for that same toll-free number can be called 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Real people who can help consumers, providers, or anyone who has questions or needs assistance, will answer the calls.


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