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Health-Law-Announcements's Blog Archive for October 2015

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

1. Attached and posted in the health section of is an updated version of MLRI's paper summarizing the immigrant eligibility rules in MassHealth and the Connector. The rules have not changed since January 2014. The revisions are attempting yet again to make incomprehensible rules comprehensible. Still bewildered? Please let Vicky know for future revisions.

Attached are the updated Federal Poverty Standards for the Connector Programs (Connector Care and Qualified Health Plans) for the Open Enrollment period beginning November 1st .

The actual effective date for eligibility purposes is January 1st, but enrollment for January starts in November.

1. Substance use disorder services 

Last year a state law improving substance use disorder services was enacted (c. 258 St. 2014). A provision requiring MassHealth & MassHealth managed care plans to cover detox and up to 14 day crisis stabilization services without prior authorization took effect on Oct 1, 2015.