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Oversight hearing on MassHealth cuts tomorrow!

Things are moving quickly on Beacon Hill.  We just learned last Friday about an oversight hearing tomorrow July 25 on the FY 18 budget and the Governor's proposed MassHealth cuts.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE TURN OUT FOR THE TUESDAY 10 AM HEARING and CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOT TO CUT MASSHEALTH ELIGIBILITY AND BENEFITS.

A fact sheet with more info about the cuts is attached.

To recap (a plot only slightly less intricate than Game of Thrones): 

June 20, the Governor asked the conference committee to add a complex set of changes including cuts in MassHealth eligibility and benefits to the provisions for an employer assessment.  The employer assessment was a temporary contribution of up to $200 million for two years more than offset by a delay in UI rate increases of $334 million for those two years.

The conference budget came out with the employer assessment but without the Governor's proposed MassHealth eligibility and benefit cuts (but it did cut $300 million from the MassHealth budget).

On July 17, the Governor effectively vetoed the employer assessment and asked it to be reenacted with the MassHealth cuts and cut a further $200 million from MassHealth (he also filed a separate bill with other changes affecting commercial insurance).

The House and Senate Ways and Means Committees have scheduled an "oversight" hearing on the FY 18 budget and the MassHealth cuts for Tuesday July 25 at 10 for invited speakers and the public. (Also at 1 pm Tuesday the bill affecting commercial insurance is scheduled for a hearing before the Joint Health Care Finance Committee).

Meanwhile, on July 20, EOHHS filed a set of proposed 1115 amendments for a 30 day comment period with the MassHealth cuts we now knew about but including even more MassHealth changes that we were seeing for the first time.

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