adollshouselogo 4x4 300dpiJoin MDS and the Peterborough Players on Tuesday, August 27 for dessert, wine and a Preview Performance of A Doll's House, Part 2.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Dessert reception at 7:00 p.m.
Show at 8:00 p.m.
$25 per seat — Open Seating

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In A Doll’s House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora Helmer’s shocking decision to leave her home, husband and children to begin a life on her own. As the play begins, there’s a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
Lucas Hnath’s brilliant comedy picks up the story of Ibsen’s groundbreaking masterwork A Doll’s House, in a witty, sharp, and modern play about conflict, commitment, and consequences. Lisa Bostnar takes on the 21st century role of Nora in this entertaining 90-minute production.

Open Seating for this Preview Performance

Directed by Keith Stevens     Rated PG13

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With a new MCO added to the mix (AmeriHealth Caritas NH), the month of August is your opportunity to change Medicaid Managed Care coverage options. If you are happy with your current health care organization, you do not need to do anything and your coverage will continue as usual. You or someone in your household can change your Medicaid Health Plan during the Special Open Enrollment period. You have three options to choose from beginning August 1, 2019.

All three Health Plans cover the same services that NH Medicaid covers. Each health plan offers value added, or extra services and programs, at no cost to you. These services vary by Health Plan and may include qualifying criteria. Provider networks and prior authorization requirements can vary with each Health Plan. Please review the links below for more information and if you have questions about any of the Health Plan services, please contact the plans or visit the web sites.

If you wish to remain with your current Health Plan, you do not need to do anything - your coverage will continue and the Health Plan you have will remain in effect.

If you want to change to a different Health Plan, please go to NH Easy at or call the Medicaid Service Center (NH Only) at 1-888-901-4999 (TDD Access: 1-800-735-2964), Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET no later than Aug. 30, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Your new plan coverage will start on Sep. 1, 2019.


For Medicaid Managed Care plan members:
Open enrollment is August 1 through August 30, 2019.

There are three Health Plans to choose from:
        AmeriHealth Caritas NH (click to go to website)
        NH Healthy Families (click to go to website)
        Well Sense Health Plan (click to go to website)

Effective September 1, 2019, all of the Health Plans must use the State’s Preferred Drug List (PDL). Impacted current members will receive information from their Health Plans about how this impacts their prescriptions.

Effective September 1, 2019, members must use either the Family and Friends Mileage Reimbursement Program or public transportation for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation unless they qualify for a ride. Plans rules are available in the new Member Handbooks (on Plan websites by August 1).

Members will be able to change Health Plans one-time between September 1 and November 29 as a result of the State’s new Health Plan contracts.

New Member Handbooks (to be effective September 1, 2019) will be available on plan websites by August 1.

For more information, contact the Medicaid Service Center (NH Only) at 1-888-901-4999 (TDD Access: 1-800-735-2964), Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET.

The attached information links can assist in making an informed decision:
   Health Plan options – Side by Side
   Member Enrollment Guide to the Quality of NH Medicaid Health Plans
   NH Medicaid Care Management Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
   NH Family Voices & Medicaid Care Management – A Tool for Making an Informed Decision

People have been asking for clarification on Medicaid adult dental benefits. This confusion has stemmed from the timing of messages about HB 692, HB 2 and the open enrollment period for the Medicaid managed care organizations.

Dental Care for Medicaid RecipientsCSNI has provided the following information to help make things more clear.

It has been brought to our attention that there is some confusion related to a dental care benefit for adults that are on Medicaid. We hope to help clarify some of the information related to this to better inform recipients and their families of what is being offered.

HB 692, relative to dental care for Medicaid recipients, is a bill that went through the 2019 legislative session. When this bill was introduced, it required the Medicaid managed care programs in NH to provide a dental benefit to recipients that were in their plan. The bill moved through the legislative process and, like many other bills, the language was amended along the way. The final version of this bill gave authorization to the Medicaid managed care programs to be able to provide a dental benefit to Medicaid recipients in their program, at some point in the future. It also required the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a work group to develop an adult dental benefit that was a value-based plan. The Commissioner is then required to submit all proposed changes to state law that may be necessary to incorporate an adult dental benefit into a value-based care plan by October 1, 2019. DHHS will then required to present an update on the status of the plan each month to the Health and Human Services oversight committee and the fiscal committee.

A few things to know:
• This bill does not mandate the managed care companies to offer a dental care benefit at this time, rather it will happen sometime in the next few years.

• HB 2 (the budget vetoed by Gov. Sununu) had language to begin the implementation of this benefit by April 2021. This budget is in a Continuing Resolution at this time, and the dental care language, start date and plan may change.

• This summer another Managed Care organization -- AmeriHealth Caritas -- has been added to Medicaid health plan options, so now there are three Managed Care Organizations in the Medicaid program -- and a Special Open Enrollment is in effect from August 1 to August 31, 2019. This new company, AmeriHealth Caritas, is offering a dental care benefit for adults that are 21 years old and older. (They state there are some restrictions and limitations that apply.) AmeriHealth is offering this as a value-added service to its members, and is not required at this time; they are offering this as a value-added benefit.

To find the language to the final version of HB 692:

To find more information about the Special Open Enrollment period for the Medicaid managed care organizations and comparison of plans, click here to visit the MDS page on this or go to the DHHS website.

DSP WinnersDo you know someone who goes above and beyond as a DSP or Home Provider, whose work embodies our mission of Inclusion, Participation, Mutual Relationships?

Now is the time to nominate a Direct Support Professional and/or Home Provider from our Monadnock region to be considered for the 2019 DSP/Home Provider of the Year Awards. These unsung heroes truly make a difference in so many lives, and we want to recognize their contribution to the work of MDS. Our region’s winners (one DSP and one Home Provider) will be submitted for statewide consideration for NH DSP and Home Provider of the Year, given annually by the NH Council on Developmental Disabilities at the statewide DSP Conference. They will also be recognized on the State House lawn on Friday, September 13 at the NH DSP Appreciation Celebration.

Nominations for the Monadnock region are due at MDS by Friday, August 30st. Nomination forms are available here (click to download), from Service Coordinators, or at MDS offices.

Click here to download a nomination form.

Send nominations to Priscilla Brisson, MDS, 121 Railroad St., Keene NH 03431 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for submission is Friday, August 30, 2019.