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Important Update from the Health Connector and MassHealth

Good news --CMS has extended the coverage slated to end on June 30 until Dec 31 2014 --see the announcement from the Connector & MassHealth below. This affects the over 227,000 people now enrolled in temporary MassHealth Standard coverage, the over 90,000 still enrolled in Commonwealth Care, the over 3,000 former Medical Security Program participants still enrolled in Network Health, and the new group of undocumented immigrants finally enrolled into MassHealth Limited starting early this month.

The Connector & MassHealth are working furiously on system fixes to enable them to make program determinations for all these people and get them into the appropriate coverage before the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline.

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From: MAhealthconnectorUpdates (EHS) <MAhealthconnectorUpdates@massmail.state.ma.us>
Date: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Subject: Important Update from the Health Connector and MassHealth
To: "MAhealthconnectorUpdates (EHS)" <mahealthconnectorupdates@massmail.state.ma.us>

The Commonwealth has received approval to extend both the Commonwealth Care (CommCare) and Temporary Coverage (through MassHealth FFS Standard and Limited) programs through December 31, 2014. Members currently enrolled in these health insurance programs will receive notification of this extension by mail next week.

Premium paying members enrolled in Commonwealth Care must continue to pay their premium bill in full and on time in order to remain in this coverage. Members enrolled in Temporary Coverage do not need to take any action at this time to continue to access this coverage.

As you know, the Health Connector and MassHealth have had technical problems with our new website, which has prevented us from being able to issue program determinations to applicants. We have extended both programs to ensure that members keep health insurance while we work to resolve these technical issues.

Members will get more information in the future letting them know about any next steps they will need to take. Until that time they will continue to keep Commonwealth Care, if they still qualify and continue to pay their premiums, or Temporary Coverage through December 31, 2014 or until we process their application.

If a member has any questions about their Temporary Coverage, they should contact MassHealth Customer Service at 1-800-841-2900 (TTY: 1-800-497-4648 for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech disabled).

Commonwealth Care members may contact the Health Connector’s Commonwealth Care Customer Service Center at 1-877-623-7773 with any questions about their current coverage.

Thank you,

The Health Connector and MassHealth