Health Law and Policy

The Institute for Health Policy and Practice's efforts in the area of Health Law and Policy advances effective health policy through education about and analysis of key legal issues that impact health and healthcare. This program is a collaboration between UNH School of Law and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice. The Institute also provides resources including integrated training, technical assistance and education related to policy and regulatory issues impacting healthcare in New Hampshire and beyond, and conducts evidenced-based research in the area of health policy.

For more information, contact Lucy Hodder at Lucy.Hodder@unh.edu.


Learn more about UNH Law’s Health Law & Policy Program

The on-campus Health Law & Policy Certificate Program is a collaboration between the UNH School of Law, UNH’s College of Health and Human Services, and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice. UNH Law students gain an understanding of the healthcare marketplace through a focused core curriculum and the opportunity to select optional course credits, legal residencies, capstones and other independent projects that result in a complete and interdisciplinary health law experience.

Listen to Professor Lucy Hodder talk about the Health Law and Policy Certificate program in a podcast from February 2017.

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    COVID-19

    Advance Child Tax Credits start July 2021 as part of the federal COVID19 relief package.  Find out what you need to know.

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    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2020

    Lucy Hodder joined Chase Hagaman on Facing the Future to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the nation's health care system, as well as how states are responding to it and using federal relief funds.

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    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020

    With the worldwide spreading of the coronavirus, Professor Lucy Hodder discusses the response the US federal government and states can take to contain disease outbreaks, especially using emergency response powers. 

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    Projects and Initiatives

    Data and Policy Briefs

    The Institute for Health Policy and Practice has released a series of data and policy briefs that seek to inform current conversations about health reform happening across the state.


    Policy Analysis and Summaries


    Events

    Healthcare Sustainability: perspectives on cost, affordability, and access
    June 16, 2021

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    UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice hosted a session with three national experts to discuss:

    • Why we need to address increasing health costs burdening families and business
    • What can be done to make healthcare more affordable and sustainable?
    • How stakeholders are activating across the country and across sectors to address escalating health care costs
    • How to empower employers to improve access and affordability
    • Goals for transforming misaligned incentives for a more equitable health care system

    Jo Porter, Director of the Institute for Health Policy and Practice, kicked-off the event and welcomed attendees.
    Lucy Hodder, Director of Health Law and Policy Programs and Professor of Law, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice, introduced the event and described how the COVID 19 pandemic illustrates why collaboration and trust are key to having a system as complex as healthcare work effectively, and why oversight is needed to assure our resources are used equitably, efficiently, and effectively. 
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    Chris Koller, President, Milbank Memorial Fund, spoke about why we need to address increasing health costs burdening families and businesses, and what is being done by stakeholder coalitions to make healthcare more affordable and sustainable in other states across New England. 
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    Gloria Sachdev, President and CEO, Employer’s Forum Indiana, spoke about how to empower employers to improve access and affordability, and the reasons for and impact of the RAND studies on hospital prices.
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    Eliot Fishman, Senior Director of Health Policy, FamiliesUSA, discussed the impact on families of high health costs and goals for transforming misaligned incentives for a more equitable health care system.
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    Event Audio-Podcast: Healthcare Sustainability June 16,2021

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    Through a Different Lens: NH Citizens Health Initiative Annual Symposium
    September 29, 2020

    Julie Rovner, noted health journalist and Chief Washington Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, outlined key factors impacting the current state of our health care system and what to watch for as the election and Supreme Court appointments and challenges to the ACA unfold over the next few months. 

    The NH Citizens Health Initiative annual Symposium on Tuesday, September 29 provided insights on the latest national health policy topics, and attendees discussed how to improve health care systems in New Hampshire. Lucy Hodder, director of Health Law and Policy at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and IHPP moderated the discussion and led the Question and Answer session.

    Attendees hailed from a variety of disciplines, including health care organizations, payer organizations, public health organizations, and more. Jeanne Ryer, Director of the NH Citizens Health Initiative, recognized 15 years of success by thanking the hard work and support of the NH CHI staff and their many partners across the state and beyond.

    Jo Porter, director of the Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) framed the key health policy themes for facilitated small-group breakout sessions to discuss questions raised by Julie Rovner’s presentation. In these sessions, participants explored the changes to NH’s health care system in 2020, identified opportunities for impacting the future of NH health care, and crafted actionable individual and collective next steps.

    Webinar Recording


    Health Coverage for All: What does that mean and what are the implications?
    July 29, 2020

    The webinar conversation about health coverage for all and the policy implications of the debate as the nation recovers from COVID-19 was co-hosted by Health Law and Policy Programs at UNH Law, the Institute for Health Policy and Practice and The Warren B. Rudman Center, in partnership with Granite State Progress and the New Hampshire Medical Society. Support for the event was generously provided by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Endowment for Health.

    Lucy Hodder, Professor of Law at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the Director of Health Law and Policy Programs for the College of Health and Human Services, Institute for Health Policy and Practice and Robert L. Bixby, Executive Director of The Concord Coalition moderated the panel of experts.

    Panelists included Charles Blahous, the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair and senior research strategist at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Patrick Ho, MD, MPH, president of the New Hampshire Psychiatric Society and chief resident in psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Margarida Jorge, executive director of Health Care for America Now (HCAN). 


    The Shifting health Care landscape
    June 11-12, 2020 | 2-Part Series

    IHPP hosted a 2-day virtual session to better understand the consumer experience and the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    June 11: The Consumer Experience and State Policy Responses

    On day 1 we heard fromLynn Quincy, Director of the Healthcare Value Hub at Altarum, and Trish Riley, Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP).

    June 12: Engaging New Hampshire on Access and Affordability

    On day 2 we hosted a facilitated discussion with key stakeholders from New Hampshire's Health Care system. We heard from Bobbie D Bagley, Director, City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services, and Member, Governor’s COVID-19 Equity Response Team, Michelle McEwen, President/CEO of Speare Memorial Hospital and Member, Stakeholder Advisory Board, Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery, Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress, Kristine Stoddard, NH Director of Public Policy at Bi-State Primary Care Association, Adam Varley, Shareholder at Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C., and Marie Ramas, MD, Lamprey Health Care


    Health Care Costs: Key Federal and State Strategies
    Friday April 5, 2019

    Last Friday, UNH School of Law hosted a discussion of the nation's health care system, including federal and state responses and strategies to address cost growth.

    US Senator Maggie Hassan was the keynote speaker, discussing federal strategies, health cost hearings before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, legislation to combat “surprise billing”, and the importance of advocacy.  

    Lucy Hodder, Director of Health Law and Policy Programs at UNH, moderated the panel of health policy experts including Joseph R. Antos, Ph.D., the American Enterprise Institute, Trish Riley, Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy, and John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health. The panel identified key trends in health cost growth, outlined key causes, discussed strategic solutions at the community, state and federal level, and debated policy options. Bob Bixby, Executive Director of the Concord Coalition, fielded questions from the audience and explained key budget pressures impacting the health care system.

    The event was co-hosted by the Concord Coalition, the Warren Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Service at UNH School of Law, and Health Law and Policy Programs at UNH Law, Institute for Health Policy and Practice.  The event was sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

    A program booklet will follow.

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      Photo of Maggie Hassan and panelists at the Health Care Costs event on April 5, 2019. Senator Hassan was the keynote speaker,
      Audience photo from the Health Care Costs event

       

        Improving Clinical Communication for Student Mental Health

        FERPA, HIPAA, SUD confidentiality overview

        Multiple state and federal laws protect the privacy of health and substance use disorder treatment information and impact communications about patients between providers of health services, including school nurses and pediatricians. The following brief summaries of FERPA, HIPAA Privacy Rule and 42 CFR Part 2 were created to help support “Improving Community-Wide Communications for Students”, a program for school nurses, school administrators and primary care providers. FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, protects student education records. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and its Privacy Rule, protects private health information. 42 CFR Part 2 protects confidential substance use disorder treatment records. 


        Substance Use Disorder Confidentiality and Updates to 42 CFR Part 2: A Two-Phase Series

        Lucy Hodder, JD and Lauren LaRochelle, JD, discuss the new and updated 42 CFR Part 2 rules protecting the confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder treatment information. These webinars are intended for SUD providers and their staff, particularly the NH Doorways and others receiving SOR funding. The webinars include an overview of patient information confidentiality rules, recent changes to 42 CFR Part 2, exceptions, compliance tips during COVID-19, applications to telehealth, and hypotheticals.

        SUD Confidentiality – Overview and Update for SOR and SUD providers: Introduction (Phase 1)
        SUD Confidentiality Rules in Practice – COVID 19, Telehealth, Hypotheticals and More (Phase 2)

        Privacy and Security: Know the Rules for Communication of Behavioral Health Information

        January 27, 2021

        Lucy Hodder presented and moderated this webinar as part of the Overcoming Obstacles Webinar Series hosted by the American Medical Association Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative. This interactive webinar provided an overview of the current behavioral health privacy and security landscape, reviewing what is safe, secure and permissible under applicable federal laws and regulations such as CFR 42 Part 2 and HIPAA.


        SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2 Revised: Key Points for Health Centers on Rules Changes, What they Mean, and Health IT Considerations

        January 19, 2021

        Lucy Hodder and Lauren LaRochelle presented this webinar as part of the Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ) presented and moderated this webinar as part of the Overcoming Obstacles Webinar Series hosted by the American Medical Association Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) Collaborative. This interactive webinar provided an overview of the current behavioral health privacy and security landscape, reviewing what is safe, secure and permissible under applicable federal laws and regulations such as CFR 42 Part 2 and HIPAA.


        2018 Substance Use Confidentiality Bootcamp

        On March 20 and 27, 2018 the Health Law and Policy team hosted two sessions with the Department of Health and Human Services on the privacy of substance use disorder records and 42 CFR Part 2. The technical assistance sessions helped participants, including members of New Hampshire's DSRIP waiver Integrated Delivery Networks, managed care organizations, providers, data teams, and the State of New Hampshire evaluate appropriate regulatory pathways to allow for integrated care, treatment, and evaluation. Approximately 70 people participated during each session. Session activities included technical assistance on Part 2 and the new privacy regulations, information exchange mapping in breakout groups, a review of 42 CFR Part 2 and updates from the 2018 Final Rule.


        2017 Substance Use Confidentiality Bootcamp

        A Health Law and Policy team provided technical assistance to 6 of the 7 Integrated Delivery Networks in the form of educational and interprofessional bootcamps between May 15 and July 17, 2017 focusing on helping the IDNs to implement the new 42 CFR Part 2 regulations consistent with their integrated behavioral health practice goals and patient flow models.  Approximately 35 members of the IDN teams attended the boot camp sessions, along with representatives from DHHS. The Bootcamp was a combination of in-person guided meetings, webinars, and IDN team-based homework to provide technical assistance to Integrated Delivery Networks in a compressed period of events between May 15 and July 17, 2017.  The group produced draft policies and forms, a “work book” for implementation, and numerous educational guides.

        2020 Resource Guide for Consumers: How to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits

        The UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Institute for Health Policy and Practice in collaboration with New Futures released the 2020 updated Resource Guide for Consumers: How to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits.

        Download the 2020 Resource guide

        Download the one-page quick guide

        Spanish translated versions: Guía de recursos para consumidores y Una guía rápida para consumidores

        Getting health insurance in a time of need can seem overwhelming, and may seem especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help consumers obtain needed care, the Guide provides detailed information on how to navigate health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. The Guide addresses how to find treatment, enroll in health insurance, make sure treatment is covered,  and appeal when coverage is denied.

        The 2020 Guide is updated and enhanced to reflect consumer feedback and changes in law and practice. It now includes information about New Hampshire’s three Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, the Doorways, and other resources for both substance use and mental health, as well as a more detailed section intended to assist providers in helping their clients and patients. Providers can use the Guide for instructions on how to assist patients in getting the health insurance and treatment they need.


        Accessing Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder Benefits Webinar

        Friday, April 24, 2020

        In this webinar, representatives from UNH Law/IHPP, New Futures, and the N.H. Department of Insurance reviewed the new Resource Guide and discussed how it can help individuals and families access needed treatment services. Specifically, we addressed: What’s new and changed in the Resource Guide, who do you contact with problems or questions, and tools and tips for accessing health insurance and treatment during and after COVID-19.

        Resource Guide Webinar Slides


        40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference

        Lucy Hodder attended the 40th Annual Health Law Professors Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 8-9, 2017. She was a panelist for the Health Care Financing and Regulation: Developments in Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity: Enforcement, Guidance, and Implementation session.


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        DHHS Preparation for End of Federal Public Health Emergency: Impact on Medicaid and other Benefits | Stakeholder Meeting

        July 29,2021

        IHPP Health law and policy programs hosted DHHS Medicaid leaders to learn about the pending Medicaid enrollment transition that will be triggered by the end of the federal Public Health Emergency.
        The webinar focused on the following: 

        • Who will be impacted by the end of the Public Health Emergency?
        • What to do to prepare beneficiaries for transitions in eligibility?
        • What notices are beneficiaries receiving about their eligibility and the federal PHE?
        • What resources are available to help providers, beneficiaries and families?

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        The Community Response to Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirements: Lessons from New Hampshire

        Report released May 2020

        UNH's Institute for Health Policy and Practice (IHPP) and Franklin Pierce School of Law have released a new report assessing New Hampshire’s Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirements and their impact on the state’s community providers.

        When the Work and Community Engagement Requirements were first implemented in 2019, they were costly for many community health organizations and confusing for beneficiaries, according to the report, “The Community Response to Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirements: Lessons from New Hampshire,” which was funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The work and community engagement requirements were suspended in July 2019 when implementation threated access to health insurance by thousands of Granite Staters. 

        The report reviews the history of the Work and Community Engagement Requirements (WACER), ending with the decision in the Philbrick v. Azar court case striking down the requirements. It also includes an assessment of the requirements’ substantial impact on community organizations, which were not predicted or fully assessed in the planning and implementation of the program.

        The research study was supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (grant #76038). The views expressed within the report do not necessarily reflect those of the Foundation.

        Read the UNH today article

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        July 2019 NH Medicaid Granite Advantage Program Update

        The Commissioner of NH DHHS temporarily suspended the Granite Advantage work and community engagement requirement.  The suspension will last until September 30, 2019. During the suspension period Granite Advantage beneficiaries will not lose coverage for failing to meet the work and community engagement requirement and do not need to report hours spent engaged in qualifying work or community engagement activities. 

        Read the July 2019 NH Medicaid Work Requirement Temporary Suspension memo.


        Granite Advantage Program Roundtables

        IHPP Health Law and Policy program hosted roundtable discussions with stakeholders on the Granite Advantage Program and the Work and Community Engagement Requirement.

        Additional information

        Presentation on New Hampshire’s Work and Community Engagement Requirement and its impact on community services. By Lucy C. Hodder, Director of Health Law and Policy at UNH's Institute for Health Policy and Practice: American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) 2019 NH Medicaid Work Requirement

        Article by Lucy Hodder summarizing the federal court decision vacating Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver including its work and community engagement requirements and discussing what it might mean for New Hampshire: Stewart v. Azar- What Does It Mean For New Hampshire’s Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirement?


        Medicaid One-Pagers

        Jointly developed by the Institute for Health Policy and Practice and the NH Health Law and Policy Programs, the five overview documents below highlight the details of five state Medicaid programs - New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. These overview documents were developed to provide a summary of each state’s population, currently eligibility guidelines, the history of each state’s program and more.


        New Hampshire Medicaid Policy Today and Tomorrow: Focusing on Value, A Research Symposium

        The New Hampshire Medicaid Program plays a key role in providing health insurance to people in NH and stabilizing our insurance market. Hosted by the UNH Health Law and Policy Programs/Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH, this Symposium featured an overview of NH Medicaid, research about the program's outcomes in managed care and with expansion populations, a review of value-based payment reform, and a discussion of key federal policy initiatives that may impact the future of the Medicaid Program.

        Review the NH Medicaid Today and Tomorrow summary booklet

        Videos from the symposium

        Health Care Affordability

        Lucy Hodder, JD, Director of Health Law and Policy and Ned Helms, former director of the Institute for Health Policy and Practice are quoted in the New Hampshire voters push Democratic candidates on health care article by Amy Goldstein in the Washington post. 


        Regulatory Barriers to Value-Based Payment Reform in NH: Stage 1


        Transparency and All-Payer Claims

        Model All-Payer Database Legislation

        The Health Law and Policy team has worked to enhance the public availability of critical healthcare claims data needed for the development of innovative public health and policy strategies across the country. With the APCD Council, the team published “Model All-Payer Claims Database Legislation.” The model legislation provides guidance for developing legislation for state all-payer claims database systems. The Health Law and Policy Team has helped draft briefs for SCOTUS comments to federal meetings and information for states and employers regarding the impact of the Gobeille decision on All Payer Claims Database efforts.

        The College of Health and Human Services co-sponsors an event with the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives. “Shaping the Future: Leadership and Public Policy in Health Care” brings together students, alumni and external health and human service partners to discuss the health systems’ role in formulating public policy, fostering talent management and bench strength within health care organizations, and improving mental health and addictions services for patients.

        Health Leader Forge has posted a podcast of the panel discussions and keynote presentation.

        Extended Coverage for Pregnant Women Rescue Plan

        May 19, 2021

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        Developing Plans of Safe and Supportive Care for High Risk Families in New Hampshire: Legal Update, Supporting mothers and infants born exposed to substances

        December 17, 2020

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        For additional background, tools and resources on New Hampshire’s POSC, please visit the Perinatal  Substance Exposure Task Force of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and other Drugs.


        What is a Plan of Safe Care? An Introduction to Best Practices for Mothers and Infants Exposed to Substances in New Hampshire

        Developed by Lucy Hodder, JD, Director of Health Law and Policy, David Laflamme, PhD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor and State Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, this presentation and webinar were created to provide background information on Plans of Safe Care (POSC) as part of the work of the NH Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs Perinatal Substance Exposure Task Force. 

        The goal is to inform providers and community organizations about Plans of Safe Care and NH's implementation process in order to connect new moms and families with supports and services when they leave the hospital.

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        For additional materials on Plans of Safe Care, please visit the NH Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Other Drugs Perinatal Substance Exposure Task Force webpage.

        Resources and Publications

        Advance Child Tax Credit

         

        Advance Child Tax Credit
        Advance Child Tax Credits start July 2021 as part of the federal COVID-19 relief package. Find out what you need to know.
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        The Community Reponse to Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirements: Lessons from New Hampshire

         

        The Community Response to Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirements: Lessons from New Hampshire
        May 2020
        As part of the Medicaid expansion adopted in New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services received waiver approval from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to implement Work and Community Engagement Requirements (WACER). This project explores the impact of the implementation of WACER on operations and infrastructure of community organizations. As well as exploring the expectations of "effort" by providers and community organizations to engage beneficiaries in the requirements.
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        2020 Resource Guide for Consumers: How to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits

         

        2020 Resource Guide for Consumers: How to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits
        April 2020 
        The UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Institute for Health Policy and Practice in collaboration with New Futures released the 2020 updated Resource Guide for Consumers: How to Access Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits. Getting health insurance in a time of need can seem overwhelming, and may seem especially so during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help consumers obtain needed care, the Guide provides detailed information on how to navigate health insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. The Guide addresses how to find treatment, enroll in health insurance, make sure treatment is covered,  and appeal when coverage is denied.
        The 2020 Guide is updated and enhanced to reflect consumer feedback and changes in law and practice. It now includes information about New Hampshire’s three Medicaid Managed Care Organizations, the Doorways, and other resources for both substance use and mental health, as well as a more detailed section intended to assist providers in helping their clients and patients. Providers can use the Guide for instructions on how to assist patients in getting the health insurance and treatment they need.
        July 2019 NH Medicaid Work Requirement Temporary Suspension

         

        July 2019 NH Medicaid Work Requirement Temporary Suspension
        July 2019
        On July 8th, 2019 NH Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Meyers suspended the Granite Advantage Program's Work and Community Engagement Requirements until September 30th, 2019. Here you will find the following questions answered: what does this mean for Granite Advantage Beneficiaries? What does this mean for providers? Why was the work requirement suspended? And, the status of the federal case Philbrick v. Azar.
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        American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) 2019 NH Medicaid Work Requirement

         

        American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME) 2019 NH Medicaid Work Requirement
        June 2019
        American Society of Law, Medicine, & Ethics in this report details changes in Medicaid Expansion in NH, the Granite Advantage Program, and the procedural history of implementation of Medicaid Expansion and the Work and Community Engagement Requirement (WACER)
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        Hospital Mergers Regulatory Review for NH Senate Judiciary

         

        Hospital Mergers Regulatory Review for NH Senate Judiciary
        May 2019
        A review of the recent merger/affiliation activity in the Northern New England region, as well as regulations and requirements in New Hampshire and nearby states.
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        NH Medicaid Work Requirement Roundtable

         

        April 17, 2019 | NH Medicaid Work Requirement Roundtable
        April 2019
        In this program Granite Advantage rules updates are discussed along with updates on key outreach and planned outreach activities. Following is provider, member, and stakeholder feedback, ending with online resources and a discussion on the digital outreach campaign.
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        Data Briefs

         

        Data Briefs
        The Institute for Health Policy and Practice has released a series of data and policy briefs that seek to inform current conversations happening across the state. 
        Podcast Regulatory and Reimbursement Implications for Development of Engineered Tissue and Organs

         

        Podcast: Regulatory and Reimbursement Implications for Development of Engineered Tissue and Organs
        September 2019
        Professor Lucy Hodder presented at ARMI/BioFab USA's 2018 Fall Summit on "Understanding the Regulatory and Reimbursement Implications for Development of Engineered Tissue and Organs." Learn about her presentation and the work of BioFab USA. Produced and Hosted by A. J. Kierstead.
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        Stewart v. Azar

         

        Stewart v. Azar- What Does It Mean For New Hampshire's Medicaid Work and Community Engagement Requirement?
        July 2018
        On June 29, 2018, the United States District Court in D.C. overturned Kentucky’s approved Medicaid work and community engagement requirements as inconsistent with Medicaid’s primary objective to provide medical assistance to those who can’t afford it. New Hampshire, as well as Arkansas and Indiana, have approved Section 1115 waivers requiring certain Medicaid populations to work as a condition of eligibility. While the Stewart decision does not directly overturn such waiver approvals, it raises questions about what would happen if these waivers were challenged on similar grounds.
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        NH Medicaid Long Term Care Quick Facts

         

        NH Medicaid Long Term Care Quick Facts
        June 2018
        NH provides Long Term Services and Supports in the form of nursing home care to eligible persons with limited financial resources. This brief breaks down the funding and reimbursement of long-term care in NH.
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        Policy Analysis and Summaries

         

        Policy Analysis and Summaries
        Key NH and Federal Statutes Regulating Health Care Delivery and Payment

         

        Key NH and Federal Statutes Regulating Health Care Delivery and Payment
        October 2017
        Summary of New Hampshire and Federal Regulations by Subject Matter. Chart of New Hampshire State Agency Responsibilities Federal Laws and Regulation: An Index.
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        Substance Use Disorder Privacy Workbook: 42 CFR Part 2

         

        Substance Use Disorder Privacy Workbook: 42 CFR Part 2
        September 2019
        The Health Law and Policy Programs at UNH School of Law, Institute for Health Policy and Practice, and the NH Citizens Health Initiative have contracted with several of the New Hampshire Building Capacity for Transformation Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Integrated Delivery Networks (IDN) to provide technical assistance to the IDNs as they develop confidentiality tools related to substance use disorder services projects. A UNH Team assisted the IDNs by providing an educational summary of federal and state confidentiality requirements, focusing on 42 CFR Part 2, and hosting IDN interdisciplinary teams in three Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Confidentiality Boot Camp sessions providing technical assistance to assist each IDN partner with their SUD confidentiality project goals. The “boot camp” consisted of several guided meetings with assigned homework to follow, leading to the ultimate development of processes, plans, and draft forms and policies to implement Part 2 confidentiality. The process incorporated learning from the Citizens Health Initiative’s existing New Hampshire Behavioral Health Integration Learning Collaborative.
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        NH Medicaid Today and Tomorrow Summary Booklet

         

        NH Medicaid Today and Tomorrow Summary Booklet 
        May 2017 
        This summary provides an overview of “New Hampshire Medicaid Today and Tomorrow: Focusing on Value,” a daylong symposium hosted by the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at the University of New Hampshire School of Law on May 31, 2017. The event brought together over 180 participants from across the state including state and federal government agencies, managed care organizations, policy makers, researchers and academics, industry experts, advocacy groups and consumers.
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        Medicaid One-Pagers

         

        Medicaid one-pagers
        March 2017
        Jointly developed by the Institute for Health Policy and Practice and the NH Health Law and Policy Programs, the documents below highlight the details of five state Medicaid programs - New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. These overview documents were developed to provide a summary of each state's population, current eligibility guidelines, the history of each state's program and more. 
        Podcast: Shaping the Future: Leadership and Public Policy in Health Care

         

        Podcast: Shaping the Future: Leadership and Public Policy in Health Care
        October 2016
        The College of Health and Human Services and the Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives hosted a special event at the University of New Hampshire, Shaping the Future: Leadership and Public Policy in Healthcare. This event held two panels; the first titled Talent Management for Bench Strength Development moderated by Mark Bonica. The Second Panel held was moderated by Lucy Hodder and was titled the Healthcare Organization's Role in Formulating Public Policy.
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        Full Resource Guide for Addiction and Mental Health Care Consumers

         

        Full Resource Guide for Addiction and Mental Health Care Consumers
        September 2016
        Navigating the maze of health insurance coverage can be difficult. For individuals with addiction or mental illness, the process of getting treatment approved and paid for by health insurance can be overwhelming. As a result, many people give up when their health insurance company denies coverage for needed services. This Guide can help people learn how to access health insurance and use their coverage to pay for treatment. This Guide also provides a basic explanation of consumers' rights under the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
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        Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual

         

        Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual: Who Controls Health Cost Data?
        January 2016
        This article by Lucy Hodder highlights the then ongoing legal dispute of Gobeille v Liberty Mutual concerning the ERISA act and All-Payer Claims Data reporting.
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        King v. Burwell

         

        King v. Burwell Article
        June 2015
        Law Professor Lucy Hodder talks of Supreme Court case King v. Burwell concerning whether if the Internal Revenue Service permissibly created a regulation that extended the tax credits the Affordable Care Act authorized to federal exchanges as well as those created by the states?
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        Model All-Payer Claims Database Legislation

         

        Model All-Payer Claims Database Legislation
        May 2015
        This document provides model legislation for APCD program development, based on the review of existing state APCD legislation (15 states at the time of the writing), analysis of other key federal and state regulations and statutes related to data collection and release and state experience with the legislative process.
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        The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: What Parity Means for New Hampshire Article

         

        The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: What Parity Means for New Hampshire Article
        January 2017
        Law Professor Lucy Hodder shines light on the new opportunity for New Hampshire lawyers to help their clients and colleagues by decreasing the barriers to accessing treatment and coverage. UNH Health Law and Policy Program in collaboration with New Futures has put together a guide answering common questions and offering free tips, read this article to learn more about it.
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