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Hi everyone,
We're writing about two opportunities to sign on to comments to CMS about the MassHealth 1115 extension request. We've called out two issues where we thought comments to CMS are most needed- 1. urging CMS not to allow waiver of the Medicaid requirement of 3 months retroactive coverage and 2. uging CMS to approve something they have not yet approved when other states asked --Medicaid  coverage to people in prisons & jails 30 days prior to release.
 
1. Three months retroactive coverage
 
The Governor released his budget proposal for state fiscal year 2023 & MLRI has produced its preliminary analysis here: 
Hello all, a few quick things- details below:
 
1. Reminder to Sign onto MLRI's letter to CMS supporting reinstatement of 3 month retro by Feb. 3

Please support reinstating three months retroactive coverage for all MassHealth beneficiaries by signing on to our comments to CMS by Feb 3, 2022

The Medicaid statute requires state Medicaid programs, like MassHealth, to pay for health care that Medicaid-eligible people received up to three months before they completed a Medicaid application.  Since 1997 CMS has allowed MassHealth to waive three month’s retroactive coverage for most MassHealth beneficiaries under age 65. 

Hello all, 
 
A few brief updates: 
 

1. Secretary Becerra extended the COVID 19 Public Health Emergency for another 90 days from Jan 16, 2022. This is the 8th 90 day extension since the PHE was first declared in Jan 2020. 

 

We are forwarding this info from MassHealth on extension of the response deadline on these two RFIs from Jan 15 to Feb 4. The RFIs are attached but if you are responding be sure to look at the additional  information  posted on the RFIs website at the links shown below.
Hello all, and happy new year!
 
A few upcoming meetings/events: 
Massachusetts submitted its extension request to CMS on Dec 21 and there is now an opportunity to file comments with CMS. Comments are due by Feb 3, 2022.
 
Thanks to those of you who participated in Wednesday's Health Care Working Group meeting.  We're passing on info related to several of the agenda items at that meeting: