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

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


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

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.
It is also available on the website for download at:



Join co-chairs of the Legislative Oral Health Caucus Representative John Scibak and Senator Harriette Chandler
and the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce on Wednesday, April 4th.

WEAR RED in support of Restoring Essential Dental. Let your legislators know why restoration of MassHealth adult dental benefits is important to YOU!

Don't miss the last of MLRI's 2011-2012 Basic Benefit Training series on HEALTH CARE ACCESS on April 4, 2012 in Boston.

In addition to a full day of info-packed presentations from our experienced panel of trainers, attendees will get hot off the presses the 2012 edition of MLRI's MassHealth Advocacy Guide --all for only $25 (for legal services & employees of nonprofits).

See MCLE website for more information..

Registration is on-line through Mass. Continuing Legal Education - at

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