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

The attached flyer shows the location of MassHealth enrollment events scheduled around the state through the end of May

"Come to a MassHealth event to talk to us one-on-one about everything MassHealth, including coverage, eligibility, and health plan enrollment. MassHealth staff will be available to help you with new health plan options, changing your primary care provider (PCP), or other questions you have about MassHealth."

CMS (the Federal Medicaid Agency) has approved MassHealth's request to stop doing Provisional Income Eligibility for adults.  The 2-page approval letter is attached, the related changes to the waiver documents are posted here:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/masshealth/1115-demonstration-amendment-approval-dec2017.pdf

1. Advance notice of new MassHealth managed care options starting March 1, 2018.

Important information from MassHealth on facilitating MassHealth enrollment for hurricane evacuees.

MassHealth has developed procedures to streamline the application process for these hurricane evacuees who apply for MassHealth. Here's a link to the information on MassHealth's website: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/for-hurricane-evacuees-applying-for...

This is the latest on proposed MassHealth eligibility & benefit cuts in the second of two sets of pending 1115 amendments

1. EOHHS submitted 1115 request to CMS on 9-8-17; documents posted here:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/1115-masshealth-demonstration-waiver

CMS is accepting comments until OCT 20, 2017, here:

Senate Republicans are trying again to garner 50 votes to repeal & replace the Affordable Care Act.  The threat is real.  What can we do here in Massachusetts where both our US Senators and our Governor already oppose the latest effort to repeal & replace the ACA? Time again to call our friends & family in key states to weigh in with their Senators or Governors this time asking them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Our friends at Health Care for All lay it all out here:

MLRI filed its comments today.  They are posted on the masslegalservices website here:

/content/advocates-comments-eohhs-1115-proposal

If your organization also filed comments, we would be interested in reading them.

Press Release here:

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/newsroom/press-releases/eohhs/masshealth-partners-with-17-health-care-organizations.html

The following is the full list of approved MassHealth ACOs:

  • Atrius Health with Tufts Health Public Plans

  • Baystate Health Care Alliance with Health New England

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