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MLRI's analysis of selected issues in the House Ways & Means budget released yesterday is posted on line. 
 
If you work with individual age 65 or over, please join us for our annual Basic Benefit Training in Boston on April 10.  The training will cover MassHealth and Medicare but also other benefits for seniors including SSI and home care services from the Exec Office of Elder Affairs. 
 
Attached please find a flyer about our upcoming training on immigrants' eligibility for public benefits. Morning session with immigration lawyers to explain statuses, documents, latest on public charge & know your rights. We will also have housing lawyers to cover housing & EA shelter. 
Attached are two tables showing MassHealth upper income limits effective March 1, 2019.  One Table is a Desk Guide prepared by MassHealth. The other Table is prepared by MLRI and also includes the upper income limits for ConnectorCare. 
 
Our annual Basic Benefit Training focusing on MassHealth for people under age 65 & ConnectorCare is coming up on Feb 12 with trainers from MLRI, GBLS, HLA and HCFA. 
 
Hi Folks,
The Governor released his budget yesterday --this is the first step in the process that will lead to the budget for FY 2020 starting July 1, 2019. 
The 2019 Federal Poverty Levels have been released by HHS but publication in the federal register has apparently been delayed by the shut down. For comparison, 100% FPL for one person will go from $12,140 to $12,490 when the new income levels take effect.
 
MassHealth will implement the 2019 poverty levels March 1 & MLRI will update our Table of MassHealth Upper Income Limits at that time too.
Federal HHS is funded through Sept 2019 which means health advocates have not had to worry about the effect of the federal government partial shut-down on MassHealth and most other health programs. But your patients and members may be seeing the effects of the shut down on other federal benefits --such as early issuance of their February SNAP benefits.
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