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Health-Law-Announcements's Blog Archive for August 2014

The latest health law updates for advocates and social service providers in Massachusetts.

Many of you may have received email alerts and seen news reports about hundreds of thousands of people at risk of having their insurance terminated and even having to repay premium tax credits. "Administration has closed approximately 450,000 citizenship and immigration status data matching cases and another 210,000 are in progress; warns remaining consumers to respond quickly or their Marketplace coverage could end.

This is very good news in the on-going health reform saga!


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Press Release

Contact: Kim Haberlin – 617-470-9686
Claire Cooper – 617-921-6870
STATE TO USE hCENTIVE AS HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE WEBSITE FOR FALL 2014 OPEN ENROLLMENT
Decision means Massachusetts will remain a State-based Marketplace, FFM no longer needed as a contingency plan

We didn't get the CMSP bill passed during the marathon session that closed out the regular legislative cycle, but we've been told that there's still a good chance of passing the bill through an informal session.  Please continue to put pressure on the legislature to enact SB 2320.
 
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In its final days of formal session, the legislature passed two important laws that will expand access to behavioral health services for people with substance use disorders and autism spectrum disorders including provisions specifically covering MassHealth. Great work by legislative champions & dedicated advocates!

Both Acts now go to the Governor for his approval.