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Health-Law-Announcements's Blog Archive for May 2016

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

Last night the Senate adopted a redrafted amendment by Senator Lewis which puts the eligibility cuts in the Health Safety Net off until next April at the earliest.  Here is the amendment language.

Messrs. Lewis, Keenan, Moore and Brady, Ms. L'Italien, Messrs. Donnelly, Eldridge, Rush, Barrett, Montigny, Humason, Timilty, McGee, Boncore, Lesser and deMacedo moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 77 the following section:-

The Senate Ways and Means budget included $15 million (of the $30 million requested) but did nothing to reverse the harmful eligibility changes scheduled to be implemented June 1st. Senator Lewis has agreed to file an amendment to protect eligibility and preserve full funding for the Health Safety Net.

Please call your Senator today and ask him or her to co-sponsor Senator Lewis's amendment.

1. Health Safety Net changes.  The administration has published a final rule with a June 1, effective date to roll back eligibility for the Health Safety Net. Efforts to override the regulatory cuts through legislation are ongoing and are now focused on the Senate which will be coming out with its budget bill in a few weeks time. Yesterday Mass. Senior Action members rallied at the State House asking legislators to "keep us covered".