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

Effective March 1st, MassHealth will pay for fillings for all teeth.  Attached is the Dental Provider Bulletin.
The Governor's budget calls for restoration of denture services beginning in January, 2015.  The legislature has to act on the Governor's request before anything is certain.  Advocates, led by Health Care For All, are seeking a more comprehensive restitution of adult dental services, to include periodontal services, through the budget process.
See below for latest info forwarded from MassHealth & the Connector --
Temporary Coverage.

There are limited situations in which MassHealth will reimburse families with children on MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth for the costs of purchasing a nongroup insurance policy for the child (or young adult under age 21) in order to obtain services like ABA for Autism that are not generally available in MassHealth.  About 200 children have this benefit now but their private insurance plans expire on or before March 31, 2014.  They must renew plans by March 24 to maintain continuous coverage on April 1. March 31 is the end of the open enrollment period to purchase nongroup plans.

1. There is a new resource to help disabled adults enrolled in the new One Care program: the One Care Ombudsman. 

It's not too late to sign up for the annual Immigrants & Public Benefits Training tomorrow. You can sign up on line today or at the door tomorrow.  

Thursday March 6, 2014 

9:30am – 4:00pm 

LOCATION: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) 

10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing) 

Here is a link to the  income guidelines for MassHealth effective March 1st.

There are two charts.  The first from MLRI includes a couple of new features.  

Here is a training announcement for the February 27th Basic Benefits Training on Elder Benefits.  Plenty of room for new enrollment.

The latest news from the Health Connector & MassHealth- coverage in Commonwealth Care and Medical Security Plan extended to June 30; temporary coverage for people who applied for subsidized insurance in January 2014 and a "fast path" for people with unsubsidized insurance slated to end on March 31

Due to reports of bad weather for tomorrow the Feb 13 film screening has been POSTPONED
To RSVP for new date, follow this link

Tomorrow the Governor releases his proposed budget for the next fiscal year.  Meanwhile, the health coverage landscape gets ever more confusing. Attached and reprinted below is our best effort to describe the Jan 1 transition with links to information from MassHealth & the Connector providing more information & identification of some of the advocacy issues presented by clients and patients to date.

MLRI’s Mid January Eligibility & Enrollment Update

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