COVID-19 Information and Updates

 

NH Department of Health and Human Service

129 Pleasant Street – Hugh Gallen State Office Park

Concord, NH 03301

 

PRESS RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Public Information Office
September 12, 2022 603-271-9389 or pio@dhhs.nh.gov
 

NH DHHS Announces Updated COVID-19 Booster Doses Available in Granite State

 

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces the updated COVID-19 Omicron booster doses are now available statewide at established COVID-19 vaccination locations such as provider offices, pharmacies and urgent care centers.

The Omicron booster doses, also called bivalent doses, are updated versions of the original vaccines and were recently authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC. Anyone 12 or older who completed their COVID-19 primary series or received a booster dose at least two months ago, should get the updated booster. 

 

“These updated booster doses more closely align to the new COVID-19 Omicron variant and is the most effective way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan stated. “As we have seen in the past, we anticipate a fall surge and recommend everyone 12 or older get an updated booster dose.”

 

To date, almost 100,000 doses have been ordered and more than 56,000 have already arrived in New Hampshire. Those looking for an updated booster dose should contact their primary care physician or go to www.vaccines.nh.gov for COVID-19 vaccination locations statewide. Please note that additional pharmacies offering the updated booster continue to be added to www.vaccines.gov. Check with your local pharmacy if you cannot find a booster location in your area.

 

For more information on COVID-19 in NH, please visit https://www.nh.gov/covid19/.

 

 

Division Of Medicaid Services direction regarding the 90-day supply of maintenance medication and the early refill override for COVID-19

90-Day Medications:

  • All three MCOs and Medicaid fee-for-service allow members to receive a 90-day supply of maintenance medications through their local pharmacies.

Early Refills of Up to a 30-Day Supply of Medications During the COVID-19 Emergency:

  • There are limitations on how early members will be allowed to refill controlled substance prescriptions due to the high risk of overdose in New Hampshire. Requests for early refills received by the PBMs for controlled substances (Schedules II-IV) for reason of COVID-19 are referred to the health plan’s Pharmacy Unit as applicable.Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) and the three MCOs are allowing an early refill override during the COVID-19 Emergency to allow members to obtain up to a 30-day supply of medications.
  • Early refills are not automatic. The NH Medicaid process for requesting an early refill requires the pharmacy to call the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) to request an override of the early refill denial. The member will need to request the pharmacy to provide an early refill due to COVID-19. The pharmacy will then call the PBM to obtain the refill override.

For further information:

Contact Numbers for Members
Health Plan Phone Number
AmeriHealth Caritas New Hampshire 833-704-1177
NH Healthy Families 866-769-3085
Well Sense Health Plan 877-957-1300
Medicaid Fee-for-Service 866-664-4506
Contact Numbers for Pharmacies  
Health Plan Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) Phone Number
AmeriHealth Caritas New Hampshire PerformRx 888-765-6394
NH Healthy Families CVS Pharmacy Help Desk 888-613-7051
Well Sense Health Plan EnvisionRx Pharmacy Help Desk 800-361-4542
Medicaid Fee-for-Service Magellan RX Management 866-664-4511

 

Medicaid Managed Care Organization Information COVID-19

Below you will find websites that members can access for MCO-specific COVID-19 information.

211 NH has been mobilized to handle all COVID-19 related calls from New Hampshire residents.
All residents with questions or concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak can call 2-1-1.