Lawmakers study other states to improve Medicaid system
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawmakers in New Hampshire are studying policies in other states as they look for ways to stabilize the state’s health care system.
The Concord Monitor reports New Hampshire’s study commission found Iowa and Arkansas have managed health systems by better identifying individuals who are “medically frail.” Consumers who are considered medically frail have chronic health issues that stem from physical, mental or emotional impairment.
Study group chairman and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says the state could ease the strain on its health care market if it identified medically frail patients who are eligible for benefits. New Hampshire’s current designation system is completely voluntary.
According to the state Department of Health and Human services, only 11 percent of New Hampshire patients have applied for the medically frail designation.
Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.concordmonitor.com