NH Insurance Department’s annual hearing to look at mental health services

Oct. 25 event to feature discussions on policymaking

The New Hampshire Insurance Department will host its annual public hearing on health insurance premiums and medical care cost drivers from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord.

This year’s hearing will focus on insurance coverage and access to mental health care services, the agency said.

The hearing will include a report on 2018 data submitted by health insurance companies in New Hampshire.

Richard G. Frank, health economics professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, will speak on “The Evolution of Mental Health Policy and Realizing the Aims of Improved Mental Health Care.”

There will also be a conversation about mental healthcare policymaking with NH Reps. John Hunt, R-Rindge, and Rep. Ed Butler, D-Harts Location.

The hearing will include a public comment period.

“The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s annual hearing is an important tool to increase transparency and foster dialogue about healthcare costs in New Hampshire,” said Insurance Commissioner John Elias, adding that he is “excited that the Insurance Department is taking the annual hearing as an opportunity to continue to facilitate discussions about access to mental health care with private insurance. New Hampshire needs to continue conversations about this critical issue.”

To reserve a seat or register for the live stream, visit nh.gov/insurance.

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