Today MassHealth announced important new protections for MassHealth members who were enrolled in MassHealth benefits on March 18, 2020 or later. Many thanks to everyone at the Office of Medicaid for their speedy implementation of this provision!
The latest health law updates for advocates and social service providers in Massachusetts.
Dear Health Care Providers & Advocates:
Latest update from MassHealth. Clarifies that testing & treatment of COVID-19 are covered under emergency Medicaid (MassHealth Limited). HSN will also cover when testing/treatment provided by hospitals or CHCs. And alerts assisters to USCIS announcement that COVID-19 testing & treatment will not be considered for public charge purposes.
Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), the host for our Basic Benefit Training series has postponed live programs from now until the end of April. This means MLRI's April 2 training on Immigrants & Public Benefits is postponed.
On Wednesday the Governor filed his budget proposal for state fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 -June 30, 2021). MLRI's Preliminary Analysis of Selected Cash and Nutrition Assistance, Child Welfare, Health Care, Homelessness Services, Housing and Legal Services Items is posted here.
January 1 always ushers in changes in health care coverage programs from open enrollment to annual cost of living adjustments. Listed below are some of the Jan 1 health related changes that you may find useful to know. And let's not forget the Massachusetts minimum wage goes up from $12 to $12.75 per hour on Jan 1.
What’s new in January 2020?
Medicare Savings Program Expansion eff. Jan 1