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Proposed MassHealth changes -comments due June 12

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 2:21pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

On May 12, MassHealth posted notice of its intent to ask CMS for 3 amendments to the 1115 waiver.  It will accept public comments until June 12.

The public notice, summary of the proposed amendments, and draft amendment request are posted here: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/masshealth/masshealth-and-health-care-reform.html

Webinar this Monday - Protecting Your Immigrant Patients’ Access to Health Care

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:51pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

From our colleagues at the National Immigration Law Center --a webinar on April 24 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Join NILC's Webinar on Protecting Your Immigrant Patients' Access to Health Care

Increased federal immigration enforcement has raised concerns among health care providers about how to ensure that immigrant patients continue to have access to health care services without fear of negative immigration consequences.

Fwd: MassHealth Update - Friday, 3/24/17

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:01am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Please see the MassHealth alert below written in High Bureaucratese.  Apparently there was a glitch from an unspecified date that was detected in early March and fixed on March 17 affecting an unspecified number of people being redetermined or under deadlines to return verification documents that resulted in cases being closed without notice. 

The alert says that starting this week, MassHealth will be reinstating benefits back to the date of the no-notice closing and issuing new 14-day advance notices of termination. 

Preliminary Analysis of House Bill to Repeal & Replace the ACA

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 2:56pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

The Repeal & Replace terrain is shifting but attached and linked below are some sources on last week's proposed House bill for your snow-bound reading on Tuesday.

We've posted on masslegalservices.org and attached MLRI's preliminary analysis of the initial House bill to repeal and replace the ACA and how it may affect MassHealth & the Connector. 

Some good information on the Medicaid Per Capita Allotment proposal and how it may affect Massachusetts prepared for the BCBS Foundation is posted here:

Repeal & Replace: The American Health Care Act

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 1:46pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Committees in the House have now released the long threatened bill to repeal & replace the Affordable Care Act.

The most draconian change would fundamentally restructure the Medicaid program by reducing federal reimbursement to states through a new funding mechanism called a Per Capita Allotment starting in 2020. This goes beyond repealing the ACA --it's repealing the federal commitment to the states when Medicaid was enacted 50 years ago!

And what about the coverage gains under the ACA?

Proposed Adult Foster Care & PCA Rule Changes

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 10:41am -- Health-Law-Anno...

On Feb 24, MassHealth released two notices of proposed changes to two different LTSS services: Adult Foster Care & Personal Care Attendant Services. Each is scheduled for a public hearing at U Mass in Worcester on different days. The AFC public hearing is March 17. The PCA public hearing is March 20.

The notices of public hearing (including a high level summary of the changes), the proposed rules (the pdf is a redline version showing the changes) and a link to sign up to testify are posted on the MassHealth Proposed Regulation website here:

New MassHealth Income Guidelines Effective March 1st

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:46am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Attached are two charts.

  1. The MLRI MassHealth Income Chart.  This chart factors in the 5% MAGI income deduction to the various poverty levels.
  2. The MassHealth Desk Guide.  The MassHealth version of the income chart without the 5% MAGI numbers factored in

The charts can also be found in the Health Law section of the Mass Legal Services library, http://www.masslegalservices.org/content/masshealth-income-guidelines-ef...

Fwd: ConnectorCare Special Enrollment Period from February 1 – February 28

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 5:46pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Jan. 31 is the last day of "Open Enrollment"--the deadline for people to sign up for individual insurance (ObamaCare) or switch plans.  At the national level, HHS has pulled its ads urging people to sign up before it's too late.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-white-house-obamacare-ads-234245

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