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Please support reinstating three months retroactive coverage for all MassHealth beneficiaries by signing on to our comments to CMS by Feb 3, 2022

The Medicaid statute requires state Medicaid programs, like MassHealth, to pay for health care that Medicaid-eligible people received up to three months before they completed a Medicaid application.  Since 1997 CMS has allowed MassHealth to waive three month’s retroactive coverage for most MassHealth beneficiaries under age 65. 

Hello all, 
 
A few brief updates: 
 

1. Secretary Becerra extended the COVID 19 Public Health Emergency for another 90 days from Jan 16, 2022. This is the 8th 90 day extension since the PHE was first declared in Jan 2020. 

 

We are forwarding this info from MassHealth on extension of the response deadline on these two RFIs from Jan 15 to Feb 4. The RFIs are attached but if you are responding be sure to look at the additional  information  posted on the RFIs website at the links shown below.
Hello all, and happy new year!
 
A few upcoming meetings/events: 
Massachusetts submitted its extension request to CMS on Dec 21 and there is now an opportunity to file comments with CMS. Comments are due by Feb 3, 2022.
 
Thanks to those of you who participated in Wednesday's Health Care Working Group meeting.  We're passing on info related to several of the agenda items at that meeting:
Hello all, 
 
Please let your One Care patients & clients know about this forum hosted by the One Care Implementation Council
 
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We are passing along this information from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights regarding new funding for discounted broadband service for low income people next year and the advantages of signing up for the current Emergency BroadBand (EBB) benefit before the end of this year.
 
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