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Important Updates from the Health Connector and MassHealth

Reminders from the Connector and MassHealth-

1. Commonwealth Care (along with Network Health Extend and temporary MassHealth) have been extended until Dec. 31, 2014 and people currently enrolled will be notified later in the fall what they need to do next. In other words, if you are already enrolled in Commonwealth Care & never completed the ACA-2 application on  mahealthconnector.org or on paper that you were told you had to complete by ever changing deadlines--there is no need to complete it now. A new paper application form and a new on-line application process are being developed & people who have to file a new application will be notified later what to do and when to do it. It is very possible that everyone who filed the ACA-2 application will have to file a new application anyway. We should know a lot more about what's next in early August.

If you are NOT enrolled and DO need to apply --MLRI's advice is use the ACA-2 paper application.

2. A handy flyer about coverage options for college students who are finishing school and losing student health insurance and a reminder that under new rules for 2014, students enrolled in Commonwealth Care or  MassHealth (including temporary MassHealth) have comparable coverage and should be able to get a waiver of the requirement to buy student health insurance through the school.

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From: MAhealthconnectorUpdates (EHS) <MAhealthconnectorUpdates@massmail.state.ma.us>
Date: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Subject: Important Updates from the Health Connector and MassHealth
To: "MAhealthconnectorUpdates (EHS)" <mahealthconnectorupdates@massmail.state.ma.us>
 

Ø  Update on assisting individuals and families with access to Temporary Coverage, Commonwealth Care or MSP

Ø  Reminders related to College Students and Health Insurance

Update on assisting individuals and families with access to Temporary Coverage, Commonwealth Care, or MSP

Update:

Members in Temporary Coverage, Commonwealth Care, or MSP do not need to take any action at this time as these programs will be in place until December 31, 2014. These members should wait to receive more instructions from MassHealth and the Health Connector later this summer and fall.

Certified Application Counselors (CACs) and Navigators can still complete an application for other individuals and families who currently don’t have access to health insurance. 

Reminders related to College Students and Health Insurance

Please review these reminders related to college students and their health insurance.

Insurance for graduating students:

Some graduating students may not have access to employer sponsored health insurance upon the expiration of their student health insurance plan (SHIP) at the end of the summer.   These students can go to MAhealthconnector.org to compare plans and shop for health insurance.  Some of these former students may be eligible for subsidized coverage.  Please review and distribute the attached flyer to help inform graduating students of the health insurance requirement and their options available through the Health Connector.

Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) and Massachusetts subsidized health plans:

This is a reminder about the current Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) regulations that became effective January 2014.  The SHIP regulations state that a school must allow students to waive their school’s SHIP if they are enrolled in a subsidized health plan through the Health Connector or MassHealth, excluding MassHealth Limited, the Health Safety Net, or the Children’s Medical Security Plan.

To clarify, membership in all following subsidized programs currently offered through the Health Connector or MassHealth are among those that are now considered comparable under the regulations:

  1. Commonwealth Care
  2. ConnectorCare
  3. MassHealth (MassHealth Standard*, CommonHealth, CarePlus, and Family Assistance)
  4. Network Health Extend (formerly the Medical Security Program)

For the 2014-2015 academic years, students that provide proof of coverage in one of the above plans should be allowed to waive their SHIP pursuant to state 956 CMR 8.05(2)(b).

* This includes those students that are currently receiving Transitional (Temporary) Coverage benefits through MassHealth.

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