In 2003, New Hampshire created one of the nation’s first all-payer claims databases (“APCD”) to collect and disseminate healthcare price information, leading the way for many other states. In 2007, price transparency leader New Hampshire took its APCD one step further and launched NHHealthCost.org, a website that provides the median bundled prices for the thirty most common healthcare services. Continuing the trend, New Hampshire’s legislature remains highly active in considering innovative cost containment solutions and expanding price transparency initiatives.
During its 2017-2018 legislative session, New Hampshire passed a variety of bills related to healthcare price and competition. It became the first state to use health insurance claims to rate networks. Additionally, New Hampshire established a work requirement for those seeking Medicaid who are part of the Expansion population. It also banned gag clauses in contracts between insurance carriers or pharmacy benefit managers and a contracted pharmacy.
The State Database
The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare. We currently cover bills from the 2017-2018 legislative term and key statutes from each state. Search the database for specific bills, statutes or cases by using keyword, key issue category, and/or jurisdiction.
LEGISLATIVE CALENDARNew Hampshire most recent legislative session ran from 1/3/2018 – 7/1/2018. Bills from 2017 were carried over to 2018 for the 2017-2018 legislative term. The next legislative session is projected to convene on January 2, 2019.
FY 2018-2019 BUDGETNew Hampshire enacts budgets on a two-year cycle, beginning July 1 of each odd-numbered year. New Hampshire’s new Biennial Budget will take effect on July 1, 2017 and is valid through June 30, 2019. To view New Hampshire’s 2018-2019 Budget, click here.
REGULATION & ENFORCEMENT
- The New Hampshire Attorney General is conducted a review on the proposed affiliation of The Memorial Hospital at North Conway (“Memorial Hospital”) and MaineHealth pursuant to RSA 7:19-b. The Attorney general approved the merger in June 2016. The transaction made MaineHealth the sole corporate member of Memorial Hospital with certain reserved powers over Memorial Hospital’s governance and operations.
- Additional enforcement actions by the Department of Insurance can be found on the Department’s website.