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The latest health law updates for advocates and social service providers in Massachusetts.

Health reform state & federal threatens access to health care-Act Now!

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:21am -- Health-Law-Anno...

On the national health reform front:

As widely reported yesterday, the U.S. Senate will not be taking a vote on it's "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" before the 4th of July recess, but as we know from the experience on the House --the fight is far from over.  Please continue your good work:

Health Care for All: Protect Our Care Campaign:

A terrible week for health care

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:16pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

1. On Tuesday, Governor Baker asked the conference committee working out a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 to include language on an employer assessment that has been in the works since January. What has not gotten into the headlines: he also advanced a completely new proposal to cut MassHealth eligibility for non-disabled adults (primarily parents but also child-less adults) and authority to cut any optional benefits potentially affecting all MassHealth beneficiaries including children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

MassHealth ACOs selected

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 5:45pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

MassHealth is moving closer to its major overhaul of the system for organizing and paying providers scheduled to take effect in Jan 2018 in which it looks like beneficiaries will face an exponential increase in plan choices.

CBO estimate on American Health Care Act is out

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 5:51pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

For you health wonks out there, the CBO estimate on the version of the American Health Care Act that passed the House early this month is now out.

23 million more people projected to lose insurance than under current law compared to 24 million in the earlier version of the bill, and a new risk of destabilizing the nongroup insurance market in those states that waive key protections in existing law.

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:

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. 


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