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

As most of you have probably seen in the news, the current Sec. of EOHHS JudyAnn Bigby is stepping down. The new Sec. will be John  Polanowicz who comes from the world of hospital administration most recently running St. Eliz. hospital.

Also leaving is Sec. of Admin & Finance Jay Gonzalez. Replacing him will be the current director of the Health Care Connector, Glen Shor. 

The new director of the Connector will be Jean Yang who has been the Connector's CFO.

Attached is a flyer for the SSI-SSDI BBT session-- a great opportunity to learn the details of these programs. 

Please share with anyone who may be interes

1. SUPREME COURT VICTORY. Last week the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but ruled that Congress could not authorize the Secretary to deny all Medicaid funding to states that refused to expand Medicaid to all individuals under 133% of poverty as contemplated by the Act. 

1.  State budget for FY 2013. A conference committee is now considering differences between the House & Senate budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. A detailed summary of the health care provisions in the two bills from MMPI, Mass Budget & MLRI is available here: https://bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/fiscal-year-2013-house-and-senate-budget-comparison-brief

We expect Senate budget debate to begin tomorrow (Wednesday 5/23).

PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY AND ASK HIM/HER TO SUPPORT:

Amendment #605 MassHealth Adult Dental (Sen. Chandler)
Increases the MassHealth budget and includes language to for the partial restoration of some dental procedures, including most fillings.

Amendment #615 MassHealth Outreach Grants (Sen. DiDomenico)
Funds the MassHealth Outreach Grants at $2.5 million.

Here is a link to the MLRI preliminary analysis of yesterday's Senate Ways and Means Committee report. /content/summary-and-analysis-fy-13-senate-ways-and-means-budget-proposal
 

 

Updated report on outcome of MassHealth and Health Reform budgets following House Floor Action
 

http://www.massbudget.org/report_pdf.php?pdf=FY2013House_BudgetBrief_v5.pdf

Earlier in the day we sent out MLRI's summary of the HWM budget. Amendments are due tomorrow.  While health programs fared far better than services for homeless families or cash assistance recipients, the budget did not address ongoing problems with restricted dental benefits, unreasonable delays at MassHealth offices, or support for outreach and enrollment grants.

Please call your representatives to co-sponsor the following health amendments which are priorities of the Affordable Care Today Coalition.

A new (2012) edition of the MassHealth Advocacy Guide is available for purchase from MCLE. https://www.mcle.org/product/catalog/code/2120492B06
 
It is also available on the MassLegalservices.org website for download at:

 

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