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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 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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