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

Action Alert: Affordable Care Act at Risk in US Senate

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 5:42pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Senate Republicans are trying again to garner 50 votes to repeal & replace the Affordable Care Act.  The threat is real.  What can we do here in Massachusetts where both our US Senators and our Governor already oppose the latest effort to repeal & replace the ACA? Time again to call our friends & family in key states to weigh in with their Senators or Governors this time asking them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Our friends at Health Care for All lay it all out here:

Comment deadline Aug 21 & Chicopee Listening session Aug 16

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 2:00pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

The Governor & EOHHS remain intent on restricting eligibility and benefits in MassHealth despite the legislature's refusal to add the necessary authorizing legislation to the FY 2018 budget. We expect more legislative activity in September. Meanwhile, EOHHS has released for public comment proposed amendments to the current 1115 demonstration waiver.

MassHealth Social Services Integration Working Group -apply by Aug 4 at noon

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 3:26pm -- Health-Law-Anno...
MassHealth is seeking nominees to serve on a working group to address how newly formed ACOs can best address social determinants of health through social services integration and by using flexible funds available for this purpose. ACOs are expected to be enrolling members for coverage beginning March 2018.

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.

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