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

As we move closer to Jan 1, 2014, there is a lot going on to implement the Affordable Care Act (national health reform a/k/a ObamaCare) here in Massachusetts.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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.

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,

Sorry for the long-winded update to follow but a lot has happened in the last few months!

FY 2014 Budget, Affordable Care Act, Open Enrollment & More

1.       On July 15, the Governor signed the FY 2014 budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2013.

Here is the budget comparison of the House and Senate Budget for health care issues, as summarized by Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, Mass Budget & Policy Center and MLRI.

http://bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/fiscal-year-2014-house-and-...\

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!  

The FY 2014 budget that the House passed last week was a mixed bag for health access. The Senate Ways & Means Committee budget bill is expected May 15. 

There are a million House budget priorities and MLRI will be updating you accordingly over the next few days of areas where phone calls are needed.
 
One area stands out as an achievable win-  The January Restoration of MassHealth Adult Dental Services.
 
The Governor included restoration in his budget, House Ways and Means did not.
 
We need House leadership to feel the heat.
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