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Oversight hearing on MassHealth cuts tomorrow!

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:01am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Things are moving quickly on Beacon Hill.  We just learned last Friday about an oversight hearing tomorrow July 25 on the FY 18 budget and the Governor's proposed MassHealth cuts.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE TURN OUT FOR THE TUESDAY 10 AM HEARING and CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOT TO CUT MASSHEALTH ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS.

A fact sheet with more info about the cuts is attached.

To recap (a plot only slightly less intricate than Game of Thrones): 

Health reform state & federal threatens access to health care-Act Now!

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:21am -- Health-Law-Anno...

On the national health reform front:

As widely reported yesterday, the U.S. Senate will not be taking a vote on it's "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" before the 4th of July recess, but as we know from the experience on the House --the fight is far from over.  Please continue your good work:

Health Care for All: Protect Our Care Campaign: https://www.hcfama.org/protect-our-care-campaign

A terrible week for health care

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:16pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

1. On Tuesday, Governor Baker asked the conference committee working out a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 to include language on an employer assessment that has been in the works since January. What has not gotten into the headlines: he also advanced a completely new proposal to cut MassHealth eligibility for non-disabled adults (primarily parents but also child-less adults) and authority to cut any optional benefits potentially affecting all MassHealth beneficiaries including children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

MassHealth ACOs selected

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 5:45pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

MassHealth is moving closer to its major overhaul of the system for organizing and paying providers scheduled to take effect in Jan 2018 in which it looks like beneficiaries will face an exponential increase in plan choices.

CBO estimate on American Health Care Act is out

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 5:51pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

For you health wonks out there, the CBO estimate on the version of the American Health Care Act that passed the House early this month is now out.

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52752

23 million more people projected to lose insurance than under current law compared to 24 million in the earlier version of the bill, and a new risk of destabilizing the nongroup insurance market in those states that waive key protections in existing law.

Webinar this Monday - Protecting Your Immigrant Patients’ Access to Health Care

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 1:51pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

From our colleagues at the National Immigration Law Center --a webinar on April 24 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Join NILC's Webinar on Protecting Your Immigrant Patients' Access to Health Care

Increased federal immigration enforcement has raised concerns among health care providers about how to ensure that immigrant patients continue to have access to health care services without fear of negative immigration consequences.

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