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

Copied below is a press release from the Governor's office about today's appointment of Daniel Tsai as Medicaid Director & Asst. Secretary at EOHHS & Luis Gutierrez as Director of the Connector:

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Health Connector, MassHealth Appointments

New executive director to assume role at the Connector as MassHealth Director position elevated to Assistant Secretary role

With the new administration, EOHHS has a new secretary, Mary Lou Sudders, formerly Mental Health Commissioner from 1996-2003,  the Office of Medicaid has a new interim Medicaid Director, Robin Callahan, formerly Dep. Director of Medicaid, and the Connector has a new Ex-Officio board chair, the Secretary of Admin & Finance, Kristen Lepore (most recently at AIM), and a new interim director Maydad Cohen. Cohen also continues his role as fixer in chief of the Connector website at least through open enrollment which ends Feb 15, 2015.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Press Release

Contact: Kim Haberlin 617-470-9686
Jason Lefferts 617-869-4894
Claire Cooper 617-921-6870


December 23, 2014 is the deadline for people with insurance ending December 31, 2014 & the uninsured to obtain insurance starting Jan. 1, 2015 through the Health Insurance Connector. 
(People on Commonwealth Care and Temporary MassHealth or Temporary Health Safety Net are not affected by the Dec 23 deadline -- they will have until mid-January or later to re-apply and re-enroll.)
BBT Traing: Health Care Access Programs
DATE:  Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), 10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

I'm sure everyone on this list is well aware of open enrollment and the current effort to get 400,000 people now covered through Commonwealth Care and temporary MassHealth or Health Safety Net coverage to reapply and get enrolled for new coverage before their old coverage expires in early 2015.

We have written an open enrollment "primer" for nonspecialists who may not be aware of what's going on explaining the background of the situation and what they can do to make sure their clients understand any applicable deadlines and know where to get help reapplying.

Flyer on upcoming BBT Health Training, December 10, 2014
Starting on November 15th, the Connector Authority will be accepting new applications for ConnectorCare and Qualified Health Plans using updated federal poverty guidelines. Attached is an updated income chart for health programs which reflect the standards that the Connector Authority will begin using on November 15th.  The standards are based on the 2014 federal poverty level and are to be used throughout calendar year 2015 for ConnectorCare and QHPs.
MassHealth and the Connector have posted the new paper application form to be used in applying for MassHealth, subsidized insurance through the Connector, CMSP and the Health Safety Net for people under age 65.  It's the ACA-3 (Oct 2014).
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