About Us


The New Hampshire Purchasers Group on Health is comprised of leadership from:

SchoolCare, a joint labor/management partnership providing health benefits to public employees throughout the state, was founded in 1995 as the New Hampshire School Health Care Coalition to bring together associations representing public entity management and labor groups.  Today, SchoolCare continues its mission of providing education, training and resources to approximately 95 public entities and 26,000 subscribers across New Hampshire.

The State of New Hampshire Employee and Retiree Health Benefit Plan provides medical and pharmacy benefits for approximately 37,500 covered lives. The covered population consists of approximately 25,000 active employees and their families. The State also provides medical and pharmacy benefits to approximately 2,500 non-Medicare retirees and their spouses and 10,000 Medicare eligible retirees and their spouses located throughout the country.

The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) was established in 1974 by the State of New Hampshire to provide centralized support to the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College. USNH is the largest provider of post-secondary education in the Granite State. With approximately 33,000 enrolled students annually, and more than 90,000 alumni living in the state, the institutions of the university system have a direct impact on hundreds of thousands of New Hampshire citizens every year. USNH employs 4,500 full time people and provides health insurance for over 9,200 total lives.


The New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services (NH DHHS) is the largest agency in New Hampshire state government, responsible for the health, safety and well-being of the citizens of New Hampshire. DHHS provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors, and administers programs and services such as mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse, and public health.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department (NHID) was established in 1851, as the first insurance regulatory agency in the United States. The Insurance Commissioner is charged with the enforcement of insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire, including collection of premium taxes and fees, regulation of all insurance companies, agents and adjusters. The mission of the New Hampshire Insurance Department is to promote and protect the public good by ensuring the existence of a safe and competitive insurance marketplace through the development and enforcement of the insurance laws of the State of New Hampshire. We are committed to doing so in an honest, effective and timely manner.


The Group is staffed by the Institute for Health Policy & Practice (IHPP) at the University of New Hampshire.

IHPP is an applied research institute located within the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire. In 1999, NH DHHS, the Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and the University of New Hampshire collaboratively launched the IHPP as vehicle to conduct applied research, as well as provide education and technical assistance to improve the health of and healthcare received by residents of New Hampshire.


The New Hampshire Purchasers Group on Health will encourage the systems that deliver care to invest and function in alignment with, and not counter to, our needs.  As public purchasers, we will make and sustain investments in health care design and delivery which support our strategic intentions.

Strategic Intentions

  1. Learning. As public purchasers, learn about changes to health care delivery, laws, and policy that could be beneficial to our programs.

  2. Influence. Monitor and track changes in the sate and national health care markets that will impact NHPGH operations and employees.

  3. Outreach. Communicate information regarding activities and intentions of NHPGH to a wider audience.

  4. Education. Educate health plan participants to be more informed about their benefits and more engaged in the power they have to improve their health.