Health Care Working Group-Thursday May 14 3 pm
Submitted by Health-Law-Anno... on 05/11/2020 - 2:01pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this email (I'm the only one who will receive your reply)
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