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CLIENT ALERT: Long Term Care Stabilization Program Guidance Issued

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Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Governor has issued guidance regarding the Long Term Care Stabilization Program which was announced on April 15, 2020.  The guidance clarifies that Medicaid providers who are eligible to apply include those that support aging adults, people with mental health complexity, individuals with substance use disorder, people with developmental disabilities, and at risk youth.  The guidance also clarifies that workers who work at least 30 hours per week will be considered full-time and eligible for a stipend of $300 per week.  Those who work a minimum of 8 hours but less than 30 hour each week will be considered part-time and eligible for a stipend of $150 per week. Thus, per diem workers will only be eligible for the stipend for weeks that they perform at least 8 hours of work.   

The guidance also makes clear that the first phase of the program will be managed by the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security.  Specific instructions on how to apply are included in the guidance.  However, this phase is temporary and will conclude as soon as additional payments can be made through the state’s Medicaid program.  In the event that additional Medicaid funds do not become available, the program will cease on June 30, 2020.   

The application for Long Term Care Stabilization payments is available on the NH DES website: https://www.nhes.nh.gov/index.htm

Wadleigh’s COVID-19 Response Team will continue to monitor announcements from the State as additional guidance is released.