Press Statement

July 16, 2018

Meghan Farrell, Communications Director, 603-225-9540 x129

new futures applauds waiver allowing medicaid reimbursement for residential treatment

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services recently received federal approval to expand access to residential treatment for substance use disorder services for Medicaid-eligible residents. The waiver, approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will ensure New Hampshire’s 18 licensed residential treatment facilities retain the ability to bill Medicaid for in-patient services.  In response, Jake Berry, Vice President of Policy of New Futures, released the following statement:

“The approval of this waiver will help to maintain access to critical treatment services during our devastating substance use crisis,” said Berry. “For states like New Hampshire, where we’ve been working to expand our system of care to get Granite Staters the substance use treatment they need, restrictions on Medicaid reimbursement for residential care posed a significant obstacle. Thanks to this decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, New Hampshire is in a better position to battle the ongoing addiction epidemic and to keep our state healthy and safe.”

New Futures is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates, educates and collaborates to improve the health and wellness of all New Hampshire residents through policy change.