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Health Care Working Group-Thursday May 14 3 pm

Hi Folks,
You should have just received an invitation to a Zoom meeting for the Health Care Working Group this Thursday at 3 pm.
 
As in past meetings we will review recent COVID-19 related developments affecting MassHealth & the Health Connector from the consumer/member perspective & open it up for discussion about how new policies are working &  ongoing issues that still need a policy solution.
 
Unlike past meetings we are inviting a larger group to participate --everyone on our health announcement list-- and we are using a PASSWORD. 
 
We are also asking that you send us questions or issues for discussion in advance to help plan the agenda: please email Vicky at vpulos@mlri.org or reply to this email (I'm the only one who will receive your reply) 
 
Draft Agenda
Updates on new information released in the past two weeks on:
Ways in which  the application process is easier  
verification by self-attestation; 
authorization for certified enrollment assisters to sign for applicants;
hospital presumptive eligibility for elderly & other non-MAGI expected soon
Ways in which more people can qualify 
waiver of deductibles for people ineligible until meeting a deductible;
waiver of past due premiums for people ineligible until settling past due premiums;
Ways in which access to services is easier 
availability of non-emergency ambulance transportation for COVID-19 positive/presumptive postive people & for transporting tests;
reimbursement to pharmacies for home delivery
Expanded services for people in the home & community based service (HCBS) waiver programs 
Equipment and training needed to enable members to obtain HCBS by telehealth including the purchase of a computer/smartphone/tablet  
 
A new federal payment source COVID-19 testing & treatment for the uninsured 

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