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

Getting Through and Being Heard: Limited English Proficiency and MassHealth

It's been an eventful week. For those of you interested in the future of the Affordable Care Act, this blog post lays out some of the possibilities.
http://www.healthaffairs.org/blog/2016/11/09/day-one-and-beyond-what-trumps-election-means-for-the-aca/

In Massachusetts over 300,000 adults are enrolled in MassHealth and an additional 180,000 in Connector Care under provisions of the ACA.

We have posted some new resources you may find useful:

Neighborhood Health Plan

Today's Globe has a good front page story about what is going on with Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP):

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/10/26/neighborhood-health-plan-stops-taking-masshealth-members/u3eicAzKNA2DtpU8gAwvcK/story.html

NHP-MassHealth Enrollment Freeze eff. Oct. 18, 2016

Attached please find a new income chart for use in ConnectorCare and Qualified Health Plans for Open Enrollment which begins November 1st, for effective coverage beginning in January 2017.  These new numbers are based on the 2016 Federal Poverty level and are used for benefits for the year, beginning in January, with enrollment opening on November 1st. Open Enrollment runs from November 1st through January 31st.

Disability rights activists, PCAs and the union representing them have made some progress with the Office of Medicaid in this on-going controversy about Personal Care Attendant Over-Time (PCA OT).

Just a reminder to folks in central and western Massachusetts that the Springfield MassHealth Enrollment Center is moving to 88 Industry Ave. Springfield on Monday Oct. 3.  The telephone numbers are unchanged. See the attached flyer with directions to the new location.

Hi everyone,

This is just to alert you to some new & updated information posted in the health section of masslegalservices.org (all are in the Medicaid folder)

Much higher premiums tied to plan choices even for the very poor

Bad news from the Connector at yesterday's board meeting. Since the Connector started offering coverage in 2006, its enrollees below the poverty level, like MassHealth enrollees, have been able to choose from any available managed care organization (MCO) with no premium charge. No more. People at all income levels will still have access to at least one "affordable" MCO -- for people below 150% FPL, affordable means no member premium contribution--but other choices may mean substantially higher premiums.

A lot has been going on this summer

See earlier health announcements for good news on changes in MassHealth MCO standards for approving drugs that can cure Hepatitis C (effective August 1) and a new state law mandating MassHealth (and insurance) coverage for lipodistrophya side effect of early HIV treatments (effective November 1).

And now for more news not all of it good.

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