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

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
Estate recovery? MassHealth?  
 
If this issue is new to you, please read on. Then, please take action by  contacting your state legislators to support a temporary COVID-19 relief bill. More to come on permanent reforms. 
 
As you probably heard over the weekend, the state has released new reopening guidance for Phase 2.  
 
Non-urgent procedures that had been postponed can now be scheduled once providers have attested to having COVID-19 precautions in place: 
 
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June 3, 2020 Health Updates

Three new developments that will reduce medical debt: 1. Retroactive eligibility, 2. Protecting more Medicare beneficiaries from balance billing 3. Fewer people charged copays.  Updates on 4. Student Health Plan Premium Assistance ending but students protected from losing MassHealth 5. IRS Debit Cards  and  6. MassHealth’s Summary of its Eligibility Flexibilities during COVID 19

1.      Retroactive Eligibility (Up to 90 Days) for Members Under the Age of 65

 

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