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Information from the Massachusetts Office of Medicaid (EOHHS):

"On February 6, 2015 MassHealth will resume annual renewals for members under age 65. On that date we will outreach to approximately 105,000 households.  We will be mailing renewals in large groups initially rather than via weekly mailings.
Last Saturday coverage ended for up to 40,00 people on Commonwealth Care and 95,000 or more on Temporary MassHealth. These are my best estimates --we don't have the official count yet. (Waiting in the wings is a third group of people enrolled in Temporary MassHealth with a Feb 15 end date).

UPDATE: Due to the weather, the House of Representatives has moved back the deadline for co-sponsorship of bills until Wednesday February 4at 5:00pm.  Please consider contacting your rep. to co-sponsor these important bills.

Please contact your state Representative and Senator to ask that they sign-on as co-sponsors to the following bills.

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From: Cooper, Claire F (ITD) <>
Date: Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 6:58 PM
Subject: 1/28 Health Connector Customer Service Hours

Good evening,

The Connector is extending the Jan 23 payment deadline for Feb 1 coverage to Jan 28 --see the press release from the Gov's office pasted below:

Governor Baker Extends Massachusetts Health Connector Payment Deadline Through January 28

Copied below is a press release from the Governor's office about today's appointment of Daniel Tsai as Medicaid Director & Asst. Secretary at EOHHS & Luis Gutierrez as Director of the Connector:

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Health Connector, MassHealth Appointments

New executive director to assume role at the Connector as MassHealth Director position elevated to Assistant Secretary role

With the new administration, EOHHS has a new secretary, Mary Lou Sudders, formerly Mental Health Commissioner from 1996-2003,  the Office of Medicaid has a new interim Medicaid Director, Robin Callahan, formerly Dep. Director of Medicaid, and the Connector has a new Ex-Officio board chair, the Secretary of Admin & Finance, Kristen Lepore (most recently at AIM), and a new interim director Maydad Cohen. Cohen also continues his role as fixer in chief of the Connector website at least through open enrollment which ends Feb 15, 2015.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Press Release

Contact: Kim Haberlin 617-470-9686
Jason Lefferts 617-869-4894
Claire Cooper 617-921-6870


December 23, 2014 is the deadline for people with insurance ending December 31, 2014 & the uninsured to obtain insurance starting Jan. 1, 2015 through the Health Insurance Connector. 
(People on Commonwealth Care and Temporary MassHealth or Temporary Health Safety Net are not affected by the Dec 23 deadline -- they will have until mid-January or later to re-apply and re-enroll.)
BBT Traing: Health Care Access Programs
DATE:  Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), 10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

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