Department of Health, New Hampshire

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The Department of Health and Human Services is an agency in New Hampshire.

The purpose of the Department of Health and Human Services is to ensure the health, safety and well being of the citizens of New Hampshire through programs and services for individuals, children, families and seniors, such as mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and public health.[1]

Budget

Department expenditures for December 2010 totaled $151,115,428.[2]

Programs

The Department administers various programs and services to protect the health of New Hampshire residents. Since the recession began in 2007, enrollment in Department programs has increased 29%, but the growth rate has slowed from 11.3% in fiscal year 2010 to 6.3% in fiscal year 2011. [3]

The State's Medicaid program is administered by the Office of Medicaid Business and Policy, which works to identify the State's health care and social service needs and is responsible for health planning, reporting, data and research, and Medicaid. The State's Child Health Insurance Program (Healthy Kids Insurance Program) is administered through the division under contract.[4] In fiscal year 2009, 90,683 children aged 0-18 years were enrolled in Medicaid and 13,033 children were enrolled in the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.[5] Total spending for Medicaid in New Hampshire in fiscal year 2009 was $1.4 Billion. Medicaid spending increased by 4.7% between 2008 and 2009, but declined as a proportion of the total state budget, going from 27.8% to 27.5%. In 2009, the Medicaid program provided services to an average of 122,258 persons per month.[6]

The Department administers the State's Food Stamp program, called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Enrollment in the program has increased 81.5% between December 2007 and November 2010.[3]

Transparency

Vendor contracts and requests for proposals are posted on the Department website.[7] Data and statistics for divisions within the Department are also posted.[8]

The State also reports on spending on the TransparentNH website.


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