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

The Governor & EOHHS remain intent on restricting eligibility and benefits in MassHealth despite the legislature's refusal to add the necessary authorizing legislation to the FY 2018 budget. We expect more legislative activity in September. Meanwhile, EOHHS has released for public comment proposed amendments to the current 1115 demonstration waiver.

MassHealth is seeking nominees to serve on a working group to address how newly formed ACOs can best address social determinants of health through social services integration and by using flexible funds available for this purpose. ACOs are expected to be enrolling members for coverage beginning March 2018.

In the wee hours this morning, the US Senate failed to muster 51 votes to repeal the ACA!! 

Big thanks to Sen. Collins, Murkowski & McCain for voting against the "skinny" repeal that even the people voting for it did not want to become law. 

Things are moving quickly on Beacon Hill.  We just learned last Friday about an oversight hearing tomorrow July 25 on the FY 18 budget and the Governor's proposed MassHealth cuts.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE TURN OUT FOR THE TUESDAY 10 AM HEARING and CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOT TO CUT MASSHEALTH ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS.

A fact sheet with more info about the cuts is attached.

To recap (a plot only slightly less intricate than Game of Thrones): 

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: https://www.hcfama.org/protect-our-care-campaign

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.

Effective July 1st, MassHealth has ended its  CMSP contract with UniCare and will be administering the program in-house.  See attached Provider Transmittal.

Also see CMSP Parent/Guardian notice which was mailed last week to parents and guardians of CMSP members

The Republican bill to repeal & replace Obamacare & gut Medicaid has dropped out of the headlines, but the danger is still very real.  Today is a national call in day to Senators who may be asked  to vote on the "American Health Care Act" (AHCA) before the end of June.

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.

We've added the following documents & links to the Health Section:

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