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.
2020 Legislative Session: 1/8/2020 - 1/15/2021 (2019-2020 term). *Current session bill updates are ongoing. Check back weekly for updates.
STATE BUDGETNew Hampshire enacts budgets on a two-year cycle. The fiscal year begins July 1 of each odd-numbered year and ends on June 30 of the next odd-numbered year.
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.