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Long Term Care Stabilization Program


Please be advised pursuant to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order #73 issued November 16, 2020 the Long Term Care Stabilization Program (LTCS) has been reauthorized starting from November 16, 2020 through December 30, 2020. All of the previously existing eligibility criteria as outlined in the program guidance and frequently asked questions found below remain in effect for the extended program.

Eligible “frontline” workers continue to include both employees as well as contracted workers, so long as they are providing frontline qualifying services for an approved Medicaid provider. “Frontline” includes direct care, food service, maintenance or any other work that is vital for patient care and is not able to be done remotely.

Please note, there are two changes for the extended program. First, executive staff, managerial staff and administrative staff are all eligible for the stipend to the extent and for the hours they are providing frontline qualifying work. Second, providers are required to submit weekly payment certifications within 14 days of the end of the week for which they are seeking stipend payments.

Please submit weekly payment certifications for qualifying workers just like you were doing previously by submitting e-mails to LTCSPAYMENT@NHES.NH.GOV.

The first week eligible for payment is the week ending Saturday, November 21, 2020. The final week eligible for payment will be December 30, 2020. All weekly payment certifications must be submitted within 14 calendar days of the end of the week for which you are seeking payment. For purposes of LTCS, the week runs from Sunday through Saturday. As December 30, 2020 falls on a Wednesday, the final week will only be a partial week. Please keep this in mind when determining whether a worker qualifies for the part-time or full-time stipend.

As always, please submit any questions to LTCSPAYMENT@NHES.NH.GOV. We look forward to continuing to work with you as we partner together to retain and bolster the long term care workforce.



 

Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire, Medicaid providers that provide long term services in facility-based settings as well as in the home and community are experiencing increased challenges in retaining their frontline workforce, threatening critical staffing levels needed to provide continuity of long term supports and services to individuals in these programs. Governor Sununu has reactivated the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Stabilization Program to help stabilize frontline work of certain Medicaid providers that is not able to be conducted remotely.

The extended program includes previously approved providers that support aging seniors and people with developmental disabilities, as well as individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders, youth residential treatment providers, and developmental disability service providers who provide residential or community/home-based care. The program as reactivated will provide temporary stabilization funding to incentivize frontline workers to remain or rejoin this critical workforce during the COVID-19 Emergency. The program will help ensure that these critical providers who support some of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable persons are able to provide continued services throughout the COVID-19 Emergency.

To apply for a LTCS Payment please submit your completed application to New Hampshire Employment Security at LTCSPAYMENT@NHES.NH.GOV

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