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

MMPI, Mass. Budget & Policy Center & MLRI are again collaborating on a series of budget fact sheets.  Follow this link for an in-depth look at the health sections of  House 1, the Governor's proposed budget for FY 2014.

http://bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/governor%E2%80%99s-fy-2014-...
 

Plenty of room to join us at the February 27th Elder Basic Benefits Training.  Registration at the door is possible.  See flyer and agenda attached.

Go to MCLE's website to register in advance, www.mcle.org/program-calendar/program-catalog.cfm?product_code=2130270P01

Mark your calendars for Wednesday March 6 for the annual all-day training in Boston on Immigrants and Public Benefits with trainers from MLRI and the MIRA Coalition and a wealth of information and materials to help you figure out who is eligible for what.

See the attached flyer for more information.

Here is a link to this year's MassHealth Income Chart, effective March 1st, 2013.  This year the effective date of the chart continues only until December 31st, because on January 1, 2014, new rules for Medicaid eligibility will be in effect, governed by the Affordable Care Act.  The coming changes will consolidate a number of categorical groups, adjust the income limits, and introduce a new income methodology to many categories of folks covered under public benefit health programs.  Much more on this l

Get a preview of what the application process may look like in Medicaid and in the Exchange when major provisions of the federal health reform law take effect in Jan. 2014.

Starting as early as October 2013 there will be a new common application form for MassHealth and for the federal  tax credits and cost sharing subsidies and state subsidies for the purchase of private insurance that are intended to replace Commonwealth Care in January 2014.

The on-line form is designed to provide real-time verification through electronic data matches.

MassHealth has published 4 proposed rules, two of which will be of special interest to advocates

1. Effective Jan. 1, 2013 adult dental services will be expanded to cover fillings for front (anterior) teeth.  This modest provision was enacted in the FY13 budget. However, the Governor's proposed budget for FY 14, if enacted, would fully restore adult dental benefits. Please remember to ask your state representatives to add the dental restoration to their priorities for the 2013 session!

The Governor yesterday released his budget proposal for next fiscal year. You can see the MLRI preliminary analysis here:

 

Attached please find a flyer regarding the up coming Basic Benefit Training session on cash assistance for families and individuals, (TAFDC and EAEDC)  The training will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

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.

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