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This column features selected short items about state health care policy.

Proposed Medicaid waiting list put on hold

CONCORD, NH—Elderly and disabled people who need care at home to stay out of nursing homes can breathe a bit easier. Douglas McNutt, acting director of New Hampshire’s Division of Elderly and Adult Services, says that the Medicaid waiting list proposed to take effect Oct. 6 has been put on hold.

"It’s under review. The department will look at its options," Mr. McNutt said. State legislators said that they were confident the planned waiting list for home-care services would not be started, as the state Department of Health and Human Services had initially planned. Mr. McNutt said he could not guarantee there would never be a wait, but he reassured Medicaid clients who qualify that they will not have to wait yet. The department had announced it would be starting the waiting list because of budget problems. Legislators reacted angrily, saying that wasn’t the plan when they wrote the new state budget this spring and summer.

Telegraph, Nashua, NH, Oct. 20, 2003