State prepares to implement health care overhaul
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As New Hampshire prepares to implement the federal health care overhaul law, its experience with providing subsidized health insurance to children over the years could be instructive.
Tricia Brooks, who spent nearly 15 years as CEO of the nonprofit New Hampshire Healthy Kids Corp., spoke to lawmakers Tuesday about the challenges her staff faced in reaching out to eligible families and getting them enrolled.
She said the changes coming this fall _ when a mix of government programs and tax credits for private insurance kicks in _ will present even greater challenges. She says the state will need all hands on deck to help rebuild the partnerships that were key to Healthy Kids, and those assisting consumers will need significant training.
The state is still designing its consumer assistance program.