2018 Open Enrollment for Medicaid starts on November 1, 2017. This open enrollment is for both Medicaid Managed Care and the NH Health Protection Program. An information forum for providers and advocates has been scheduled for Friday, October 27, 2017, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. This forum is being offered live at the DHHS offices in Concord or via webinar.

Friday, October 27 10-11 a.m.
NH Department of Health and Human Services – Brown Building Auditorium
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

(For webinar participation, pre-registration information below)

INTERESTED PARTIES INCLUDE
Providers and advocates for members enrolled in:
• Medicaid Managed Care plans
• NH Health Protection Program (Premium Assistance Program) plans

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
For Medicaid Managed Care plan members:
Open enrollment is November 1 through December 29, 2017
• New plan and state fair hearing appeal timeframes
• Expedited state fair hearing appeal process
• New and expanded Member Handbooks are available from the plans upon request, and on plan websites as early as November 1

For NH Health Protection Program (Premium Assistance Program) plan members:
Open enrollment is November 1 through December 15, 2017
• Minuteman Health and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care NH Network Silver HMO plans terminate effective December 31, 2017
• Plan copayments effective January 1, 2018

WEBINAR PARTICIPATION AVAILABLE
Join us via webinar on the date and time of the event.
Register now at address below!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6035385737119421697
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
For more information, contact NH DHHS Customer Service Center at 1-844-ASK-DHHS (1-844-275-3447) (TDD Access Relay: 1-800-735-2964), Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

Hannaford bagDuring the month of October, every Hannaford Helps Bag sold at the Hannaford store in Keene* (481 West Street) will generate a $1 donation to support MDS!

Hannaford Helps bags with the “Good Karma” message can be found on the reusable bag rack and at various registers.

Grab a bag during October at Hannaford in Keene. It's all good! Thank you!

*offer good at Keene NH store only

The latest issue of NH Challenge, a quarterly publication that presents disability issues from a family perspetive, is now available. Click here to download the Summer 2017 NH Challenge.

The latest issue of the RAP Sheet, with a focu on Transition, is now available. The RAP Sheet is published 3x a year by the NH Disability Rights Center. Click here to access the Fall 2017 RAP Sheet.

NHChallenge2017

Are you a caregiver who is dreaming of the next step in your career that furthering your education will help you to reach? The Sean Tease Scholarship has been established at Monadnock Developmental Services to recognize and acknowledge those who choose to be caregivers by honoring a person in southwestern New Hampshire with special qualities who has demonstrated sustained drive to make a positive difference in the life of the person who he or she serves. We are intending to honor a direct support person (DSP) or home provider who works with people with disabilities.

Over the past few years we have awarded thousands of dollars scholarships to provide extended learning to a number of local caregivers. These opportunities have including earning LNA certification, tuition coverage for Registered Nurse education, creative writing courses to foster personal innovation, and American Red Cross training.

If you are considering the next step in your career that furthering your education will help you to reach, this scholarship may be useful to you. On behalf of Sean’s family and the scholarship committee composed of people who made his community-based program possible, we invite you to review the scholarship criteria and submit an application. Questions? Visit www.seanteasescholarship.wordpress.com where you'll find application forms and an FAQ.

Deadline for application with references is Thursday, November 30, 2017.