Yesterday April 24, 2020, MassHealth filed an emergency 1115 waiver request for changes they are asking for as of Mar 1 and that would continue throughout the public health emergency.
The latest health law updates for advocates and social service providers in Massachusetts.
Health Update April 22, 2020
Social Determinants COVID-19 Update: More help available
In the event that this clarifies any questions you've had about MassHealth's freeze on terminations, we wanted to pass along this helpful messaging from the MA Health Care Training Forum. This includes information for people who have received termination notices or Requests for Information, or have lost their MassHealth benefits since March 18.
Bear with us, a lot is happening fast as you all know. We'll be sending a later announcement with health updates today. But our clients and patients aren't just worried about access to health care, they are also worried about paying their bills & putting food on the table.
These are some resources from our colleagues about SNAP benefits available now & what we know about promised extra unemployment benefits & what the IRS has put out so far about "economic incentive payments."
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!
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.