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HCWG Meeting Materials
I've attached the powerpoint and other documents from our Health Care Working Group meeting earlier this week. 
 
We just wanted to let you know about some items we recently posted to MassLegalServices. 
 
The Health Connector is not extending its COVID-19 special enrollment period (SEP). This special enrollment period will end tomorrow, July 23. 
 
That means today and tomorrow is the last chance for many people to apply for coverage through the Health Connector until the next open enrollment period. 
 
Enhanced benefits in MassHealth Family Assistance.
The benefits available to people enrolled in MassHealth Family Assistance has just gotten a lot better for people with serious health conditions who need skilled facility-based care but don't need to stay in a hospital and can't safely return home yet.  Kudos to MassHealth for filling this gap in care for low income documented immigrants and children who don't qualify for MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth.
 

 

Save the Date: Next Health Care Working Group –July 22, 2020 3-4:30

·         Health Connector –Rocky start for its new customer service vendor

·         More info on July 1 exemptions to MassHealth drug copays

·         MassHealth COVID-19 “Flexibilities” –Are they working as intended?

·         New Health Connector Informational Flyer with Information on Health Connector Benefits & Public Charge

'm writing to let you know about two COVID-19 testing resources.
 
Stop the Spread Initiative
The Health Connector is implementing a series of consumer-facing changes.  We are forwarding the MTF announcement of the first set including more convenient ways to pay premiums. More improvements are scheduled for later in the month. 

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Please read below for a reminder about our upcoming Elder Benefits BBT, MLRI's open position for a Race Equity and Justice Attorney, the Health Connector's new SEP, and MassHealth's statement on the Trump Administration's discriminatory new interpretation of section 1557 of the ACA. 
 
Elder BBT
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