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

Things are moving quickly on Beacon Hill.  We just learned last Friday about an oversight hearing tomorrow July 25 on the FY 18 budget and the Governor's proposed MassHealth cuts.


A fact sheet with more info about the cuts is attached.

To recap (a plot only slightly less intricate than Game of Thrones): 

On the national health reform front:

As widely reported yesterday, the U.S. Senate will not be taking a vote on it's "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017" before the 4th of July recess, but as we know from the experience on the House --the fight is far from over.  Please continue your good work:

Health Care for All: Protect Our Care Campaign:

1. On Tuesday, Governor Baker asked the conference committee working out a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 to include language on an employer assessment that has been in the works since January. What has not gotten into the headlines: he also advanced a completely new proposal to cut MassHealth eligibility for non-disabled adults (primarily parents but also child-less adults) and authority to cut any optional benefits potentially affecting all MassHealth beneficiaries including children, people with disabilities and the elderly.

Effective July 1st, MassHealth has ended its  CMSP contract with UniCare and will be administering the program in-house.  See attached Provider Transmittal.

Also see CMSP Parent/Guardian notice which was mailed last week to parents and guardians of CMSP members

The Republican bill to repeal & replace Obamacare & gut Medicaid has dropped out of the headlines, but the danger is still very real.  Today is a national call in day to Senators who may be asked  to vote on the "American Health Care Act" (AHCA) before the end of June.

MassHealth is moving closer to its major overhaul of the system for organizing and paying providers scheduled to take effect in Jan 2018 in which it looks like beneficiaries will face an exponential increase in plan choices.

We've added the following documents & links to the Health Section:


For you health wonks out there, the CBO estimate on the version of the American Health Care Act that passed the House early this month is now out.

23 million more people projected to lose insurance than under current law compared to 24 million in the earlier version of the bill, and a new risk of destabilizing the nongroup insurance market in those states that waive key protections in existing law.

On May 12, MassHealth posted notice of its intent to ask CMS for 3 amendments to the 1115 waiver.  It will accept public comments until June 12.

The public notice, summary of the proposed amendments, and draft amendment request are posted here:

From our colleagues at the National Immigration Law Center --a webinar on April 24 at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Join NILC's Webinar on Protecting Your Immigrant Patients' Access to Health Care

Increased federal immigration enforcement has raised concerns among health care providers about how to ensure that immigrant patients continue to have access to health care services without fear of negative immigration consequences.

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