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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.

Fwd: MassHealth Update - Friday, 3/24/17

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:01am -- Health-Law-Anno...

Please see the MassHealth alert below written in High Bureaucratese.  Apparently there was a glitch from an unspecified date that was detected in early March and fixed on March 17 affecting an unspecified number of people being redetermined or under deadlines to return verification documents that resulted in cases being closed without notice. 

The alert says that starting this week, MassHealth will be reinstating benefits back to the date of the no-notice closing and issuing new 14-day advance notices of termination. 

Preliminary Analysis of House Bill to Repeal & Replace the ACA

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 2:56pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

The Repeal & Replace terrain is shifting but attached and linked below are some sources on last week's proposed House bill for your snow-bound reading on Tuesday.

We've posted on masslegalservices.org and attached MLRI's preliminary analysis of the initial House bill to repeal and replace the ACA and how it may affect MassHealth & the Connector. 

Some good information on the Medicaid Per Capita Allotment proposal and how it may affect Massachusetts prepared for the BCBS Foundation is posted here:

Repeal & Replace: The American Health Care Act

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 1:46pm -- Health-Law-Anno...

Committees in the House have now released the long threatened bill to repeal & replace the Affordable Care Act.

The most draconian change would fundamentally restructure the Medicaid program by reducing federal reimbursement to states through a new funding mechanism called a Per Capita Allotment starting in 2020. This goes beyond repealing the ACA --it's repealing the federal commitment to the states when Medicaid was enacted 50 years ago!

And what about the coverage gains under the ACA?

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