Carsey Policy Hour

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The Carsey Policy Hour (formerly Coffee & Conversations) engages policymakers, public service professionals, and active citizens and organizations in the issues and policies that affect the people and places of New Hampshire. Each month features a dynamic expert speaker (or two), followed by an interactive audience discussion. The intent is to foster learning, problem-solving, and collaboration in service of New Hampshire's common good. Sessions are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 8 – 9 am. Spring 2024 dates are: January 10, February 14, March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 12.


May 8, 2024

8 – 9 AM


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The 'Medicaid Unwinding' in New Hampshire

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Many Granite Staters had pandemic-related continuous Medicaid coverage from 2020–2023, regardless of whether their eligibility status had changed during those years. As of April 1, 2023, states were allowed to begin ending continuous Medicaid coverage — called "Unwinding" — according to traditional Medicaid rules. Join us to hear from Deborah Fournier, Director of Health Law and Policy at UNH and former Medicaid Director; and from Jay Couture, Seacoast Mental Health Center Executive Director, to learn about which patients and providers have been impacted.

Deborah Fournier, Director of Health Law and Policy, Institute for Health Policy and Practice

Deborah H. Fournier

Deborah H. Fournier, JD, joined the Institute for Health Policy and Practice, Health Law and Policy Programs, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, as a Senior Associate for the Health Law and Policy focal area in September of 2020. In addition to serving at ASTHO and NASHP, Deborah is a former Medicaid Director for New Hampshire and will be supporting IHPP with regulatory and legislative reviews, analyses, and reports on state and federal policy developments relevant to New Hampshire's vibrant health policy landscape.  

Before joining NH DHHS, Deborah led strategic planning and implementation of health care policy and advocacy at the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, including partnership in the effort to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire. Deborah also previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst for National and Federal Affairs at the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid, Executive Office of Health & Human Services. Deborah is admitted to the practice of law in Massachusetts.

Jay Couture, President & CEO, Seacoast Mental Health Center

Jay Couture

Jay Couture has more than 30 years of progressive experience in New Hampshire’s community mental health system, serving in her current role since 2002. Jay served as President of the New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Healthy Communities. She was an integral member of the team who curated the State’s first Ten Year Mental Health Plan in 2008. Jay Couture received her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies and her master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

Additional Sessions

June 12, 2024

8 – 9 AM


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How Economically Secure are NH Residents?

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Nearly 1 in 3 Granite Staters find it challenging to afford the combined cost of child care, housing, transportation, and other basic necessities. We regularly hear how New Hampshire is one of the wealthiest states in America, but does this superlative mask the financial vulnerability that NH residents face? Join us to hear from Gene Martin, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, to learn about who is impacted by these trends and how public policies can improve the economic well-being of NH residents.

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Planning for Sea-level Rise on the NH Coast

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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Polling and the New Hampshire Primary

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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Our Partners

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The State of New Hampshire provides a unique program of continuing professional development through the Bureau of Education and Training (BET). The Bureau offers a variety of training programs — including LEAN process Improvement and management and Certified Public Supervisor/Manager credentialling — to all public employees of New Hampshire.

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The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally accredited comprehensive management development program specifically for managers in federal, state, and local government. The program's primary goal is to improve the performance of public sector managers and the organizational performance of state, local, and federal government. In New Hampshire, the program is divided into two levels: Level I (called the Certified Public Supervisor program) and Levell II, which results in CPM status being awarded.

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The New Hampshire Municipal Association, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan membership association established in 1941. It is a member-founded, member-funded, and member-governed association that works to strengthen New Hampshire cities and towns and enhance their ability to serve the public by promoting effective municipal government through education, training, advocacy and legal services.  

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