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

As of 8/31/14, there were still about 87,000 people enrolled in Commonwealth Care and 285,000 enrolled in temporary MassHealth coverage. The last notice they received was that their coverage would end on Dec. 31, 2014. Nov 15, 2014 -Feb 15, 2015 is  the next "open enrollment" period when anyone can sign up to purchase insurance in the individual market for coverage starting in 2015. The state is counting on having its new MassHealth/Connector eligibility and enrollment system up and running by November 15.

MassHealth and the Connector are starting to get the word out that in a few months time several hundred thousand people who are now enrolled in temporary MassHealth or Commonwealth Care will be notified of the need to reapply to continue their coverage into 2015.  They have announced a conference call on the transition at the following dates and times:

9/15/14: 10:00AM - 11:00AM  (Please click here to register for the AM call)

Many of you may have received email alerts and seen news reports about hundreds of thousands of people at risk of having their insurance terminated and even having to repay premium tax credits. "Administration has closed approximately 450,000 citizenship and immigration status data matching cases and another 210,000 are in progress; warns remaining consumers to respond quickly or their Marketplace coverage could end.

This is very good news in the on-going health reform saga!


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Press Release

Contact: Kim Haberlin – 617-470-9686
Claire Cooper – 617-921-6870
STATE TO USE hCENTIVE AS HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE WEBSITE FOR FALL 2014 OPEN ENROLLMENT
Decision means Massachusetts will remain a State-based Marketplace, FFM no longer needed as a contingency plan

We didn't get the CMSP bill passed during the marathon session that closed out the regular legislative cycle, but we've been told that there's still a good chance of passing the bill through an informal session.  Please continue to put pressure on the legislature to enact SB 2320.
 
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In its final days of formal session, the legislature passed two important laws that will expand access to behavioral health services for people with substance use disorders and autism spectrum disorders including provisions specifically covering MassHealth. Great work by legislative champions & dedicated advocates!

Both Acts now go to the Governor for his approval.

Reminders from the Connector and MassHealth-

For Immediate Release - June 20, 2014

Patrick Administration Announces Steps to Ensure Equity in Health Care Coverage for Gender Dysphoria

BOSTON The Patrick Administration today announced reforms to health care insurance coverage to ensure that Massachusetts residents who need transgender related services have full access to the health care treatments they need. Through MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, and the Division of Insurance (DOI), these reforms will further enhance health care access for Massachusetts residents.

A conference committee is currently ironing out differences between the House & Senate budget bills for the state fiscal year beginning July 1.  MMPI, Mass. Budget & MLRI have produced a budget brief comparing the health-related provisions between the two bills. The brief is available at this address: 

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