The latest health law updates for advocates and social service providers in Massachusetts.
President-elect Trump has named his nominees for HHS Secretary and for CMS Administrator.The people in these two positions will be in key positions to shape the future of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.
"President-elect Donald Trump has chosenÂ Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a fierce critic of the Affordable Care Act and a proponent of overhauling the nationâs entitlement programs, to leadÂ the Department of Health and Human Services. ....
EOHHS has posted a notice about selecting people to serve on the Delivery System Reform Implementation Advisory Council. Nomination forms are due by Dec 9, 2016. You can self-nominate.
EOHHS is seeking to select approximately 20-25 individuals to serve on the Council for the 5-year term of the 1115 MassHealth Demonstration. The Council members will be representative of MassHealth members, family members of MassHealth members, advocates, providers, provider associations, ACOs, or health plans.
Getting Through and Being Heard: Limited English Proficiency and MassHealth
It's been an eventful week. For those of you interested in the future of the Affordable Care Act, this blog post lays out some of the possibilities.
In Massachusetts over 300,000 adults are enrolled in MassHealth and an additional 180,000 in Connector Care under provisions of the ACA.
We have posted some new resources you may find useful:
Neighborhood Health Plan
Today's Globe has a good front page story about what is going on with Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP):
NHP-MassHealth Enrollment Freeze eff. Oct. 18, 2016
Attached please find a new income chart for use in ConnectorCare and Qualified Health Plans for Open Enrollment which begins November 1st, for effective coverage beginning in January 2017. These new numbers are based on the 2016 Federal Poverty level and are used for benefits for the year, beginning in January, with enrollment opening on November 1st. Open Enrollment runs from November 1st through January 31st.
Disability rights activists, PCAs and the union representing them have made some progress with the Office of Medicaid in this on-going controversy about Personal Care Attendant Over-Time (PCA OT).
Just a reminder to folks in central and western Massachusetts that the Springfield MassHealth Enrollment Center is moving to 88 Industry Ave. Springfield on Monday Oct. 3. The telephone numbers are unchanged. See the attached flyer with directions to the new location.