J. Michael Degnan

Mike founded Helms & Company, Inc., in October 1983 with Ned Helms, and has watched the company prosper for over 40 years. Mike currently serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Health Plan (NHHP).

Mike has extensive experience in the health care industry in the state and region. He served as the Chief Information Officer of the NH Department of Health and Human Services as well as serving as the assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services from 1980 to 1983. He also worked as an IT professional at Wang Laboratories. From 1990, until its acquisition by WellPoint in October 2006, Mike was Chief Executive Officer of the Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (BHN), a for profit, provider-owned corporation, providing managed behavioral health, substance abuse services, and employee assistance programs throughout northern New England.

NHHP originated as the High Risk Pool for New Hampshire and has transitioned to be an assessment collection mechanism to assist in the funding for the expanded Medicaid program in the state and the operation of the New Hampshire 1332 Innovation Waiver Program (Reinsurance Program). Mike has been the Executive Director of the NHHP since 2007.

Mike is well-known in the area not only for his health care skills and knowledge, but also for his commitment to the community. He was on the Northeast Delta Dental Board for nine years, serving as Board chair from 2014-2017.

In recognition of his outstanding service and dedication, Mike was recognized as the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester Person of the Year in 2010.

BS – Economics – Northeastern University
MBA – Southern New Hampshire University