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

Health reform implementation

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 11:11am -- Health-Law-Anno...
The Connector released a fact sheet (attached) describing the extension of Comm. Care to March 31 for those currently enrolled who have not yet completed the reapplication for ConnectorCare & are not automatically switching over to MassHealth on Jan 1.
We're also passing on some info that may help you calculate  MAGI income for your patients & clients: 

Important Updates from the Health Connector and MassHealth - 11/1/2013

Mon, 11/04/2013 - 11:04am -- Health-Law-Anno...
Please read this email from the Connector with important information about notices going out telling people now on Commonwealth Care  that Commonwealth Care is ending Dec 31 and what to do if they are among those who will have to reapply to remain insured on Jan. 1. 
About 1/2 of current enrollees will be automatically switched over to MassHealth (about 100,000), but about half will have to reapply to get new coverage through the Connector (another  100,000).

BBT Training on the Affordable care Act and One Care

Mon, 10/21/2013 - 12:22pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
Attached is a flyer for the November 20th BBT session on Health Access Programs.  The session will focus on changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, as well as changes in the program for dually eligible (Medicaid and Medicare eligible) persons with disabilities, known as One Care.
Because of the scope of changes brought about by the ACA, this training is suitable for both experienced and new advocates.

Public hearings on MassHealth 1115 demonstration renewal

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:50pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
The current MassHealth 1115 demonstration/waiver that covers most people under the age of 65 expires on June 30, 2014. You may remember that MassHealth proposed a number of waiver amendments related to the Affordable Care Act in May 2013 and submitted the amendments for approval (with a few changes based on comments received) in June 2013. As far as we know, CMS has not yet acted on the pending amendment request.  Meanwhile, in order to renew the waiver after June 30, 2014 MassHealth has now released for public comment a draft request to extend the waiver.

Introduction to One Care - Webinar for State Agencies and CBOs

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 11:21am -- Health-Law-Anno...

We are forwarding this announcement of a One Care webinar. One Care is the new managed care program combining Medicare and Medicaid benefits for individuals with disabilities starting October 1.

Introduction to One Care - Webinar for State Agencies and CBOs

Dear State Agency and Community-based Organization colleagues,

Oral Health Advocacy Taskfoce - Success in the Senate

Thu, 05/23/2013 - 5:30pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Update on Dental Restoration from Health Care for All.  Partial success in the Senate.  On to conference committee

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Courtney Chelo
Date: Thu, May 23, 2013 at 5:31 PM
Subject: Oral Health Advocacy Taskfoce - Success in the Senate!

May 23, 2013  

Success in the Senate

Congratulations Oral Health Advocates!  


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