Insurance Commissioner Sends Letter to Federal Agencies Requesting Recalculation of 1332 Waiver Pass-through Funding

Insurance Commissioner Sends Letter to Federal Agencies Requesting Recalculation of 1332 Waiver Pass-through Funding
Concord, NH – This week, New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Chris Nicolopoulos sent a letter to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the U.S. Department of Treasury regarding changes to pass-through funding estimates for 1332 state-based reinsurance programs following the passage of the American Rescue Plan.
“New Hampshire’s 1332 Waiver program was designed to promote stability in the individual market and increase affordability for consumers. I signed this letter to request that CMS and the Treasury re-calculate the estimate of our pass-through funding amount to ensure it is accurate for the 2021 plan year. The implementation of the American Rescue Plan will increase enrollment and change the amount of pass-through funding New Hampshire receives. Recalculating the pass-through funds is keeping in the spirit of the 1332 Waiver by improving predictability in the New Hampshire insurance market.”
The letter was also signed by insurance commissioners of other states operating under 1332 Waivers.
“Preserving and stabilizing New Hampshire’s individual health insurance market has been a key priority for the New Hampshire Insurance Department,” said Deputy Insurance Commissioner D.J. Bettencourt. Our previous efforts, in coordination with Governor Sununu, have kept our state’s three current insurance companies in the market, have lowered premiums for three consecutive years, and has saved taxpayers significant amounts of money. The American Rescue Plan took several important steps to further bolster the individual market but recalculate state pass through amounts to account for the additional federal savings will help us lower costs further.”
The letter can be found here.
The New Hampshire Insurance Department Can HelpThe New Hampshire Insurance Department’s mission is to promote and protect the public good by ensuring the existence of a safe and competitive insurance marketplace through the development and enforcement of the insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire. Contact us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your insurance coverage at1‐800‐ 852‐3416 or (603) 271‐2261, or by email at consumerservices@ins.nh.gov. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/insurance.

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Emergency Rental Assistance

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HELP PAYING THEIR RENT AND UTILITIES BECAUSE OF COVID-19?
The New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides assistance to eligible residents who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are at risk for homelessness, or living in unsafe or unhealthy housing. Please help us get the word out about this important federal/state rent and utility assistance program for people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.If you are a community partner with questions, please contact Lynn Greenleaf Lippitt at llippitt@nhhfa.orgIf you have a client or customer who needs assistance, please refer them to CAPNH.org or 2-1-1.
Please share and post our flyer where feasible. Thank you! Apply for assistance through a Community Action Partnership (CAP) agency. The CAP agency will assist with the application process. The application can be completed online, or a paper application can be requested or downloaded (in English and Spanish).

WHAT THE PROGRAM COVERSPast-due and future rent paymentsUtilities, such as electricity, home heating, costs, water, sewer, trashOther housing-related costs such as internet and relocation expenses associated directly or indirectly with COVID-19Relocation expenses including rental application fees, utility hook-up fees, and security depositsYou may qualify for utility assistance even if you do not receive or need rental assistance

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITYAt least one person in your household has qualified for unemployment benefits, had their income reduced, had significant costs, or had other financial hardship due to COVID-19.Certain income requirements must be met.You do not need to be receiving unemployment benefits payments.The CAP agency will assist in identifying information needed.Eligible households may qualify for assistance for past-due and future rent and utility payments for a period not to exceed 15 months.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Find Shelter tool provides information about housing, shelter, health care, and clothing resources in communities across New Hampshire.
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Mar 17 Vaccine News

New Hampshire’s new COVID-19 vaccination scheduling system launches 

https://www.wmur.com/article/new-hampshire-covid-vaccine-website-launch-march-17-2021/35862130

Step-by-step video: How to use VINI, NH’s new COVID-19 vaccine scheduling website 

https://www.wmur.com/article/how-to-use-new-hampshire-covid-vaccine-appointment-scheduling-website/35854931

COVID-19 hospitalizations decline as three new deaths reported Tuesday 

https://www.wmur.com/article/covid-19-hospitalizations-decline-as-three-new-deaths-reported-tuesday/35857291

Proposal to crack down on pandemic profiteering 

https://www.unionleader.com/news/health/coronavirus/proposal-to-crack-down-on-pandemic-profiteering/article_4dff2305-1579-5a22-8448-7913036eeed3.html

State health officials investigate COVID-19 outbreak associated with wrestling tournament 

https://www.wmur.com/article/state-health-officials-investigate-covid-19-outbreak-associated-with-wrestling-tournament/35856749

Officials Launch Rental Assistance Program In NH: COVID-19 Update

Free student meal plan extended through September; 224 new positive test results including 31 children; hospitalizations drop to 68; more.

https://patch.com/new-hampshire/concord-nh/officials-launch-rental-assistance-program-nh-covid-19-update

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