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May 9, 2012

N.H. switches from Healthy Kids to Medicaid

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the transition of the N.H. Healthy Kids Program to N.H. Medicaid.

The transition of the Healthy Kids-Silver program, also known as the Children's Health Insurance Program, is a result of changes to state law and will take effect July 1.

Under the changes, the program will no longer be known as Healthy Kids Silver and Healthy Kids Gold. Both programs will be called N.H. Medicaid. Families will receive new insurance cards from N.H. Medicaid for their children at the beginning of June. The card is for both medical and dental health coverage.

"We know how important it is for parents to have health coverage for their children," DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas said. "It's important to us, too, because children who have health care are more likely to get preventative care to keep them well; get the treatment they need when they're sick or injured; and receive needed immunizations that prevent diseases."

N.H. Medicaid will cover children under the age of 19, up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level. That means a family of four may be eligible for Medicaid coverage when the family's total monthly income is at or below $5,763.

"N.H. Medicaid coverage has no co-payments for children and we are offering a temporary premium holiday," said Katie Dunn, business and policy director for the Office of Medicaid. "We want to make it easier for families to remain enrolled and to have coverage when they need it. Whether it is for an annual physical for sports camp or a well baby check and vaccination, N.H. Medicaid keeps children strong and healthy."

In addition to no out-of-pocket expense, with the transition to Medicaid administered by DHHS, children will have coverage for additional services that were not available on Healthy Kids Silver coverage.

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