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Tomorrow the Governor releases his proposed budget for the next fiscal year.  Meanwhile, the health coverage landscape gets ever more confusing. Attached and reprinted below is our best effort to describe the Jan 1 transition with links to information from MassHealth & the Connector providing more information & identification of some of the advocacy issues presented by clients and patients to date.

MLRI’s Mid January Eligibility & Enrollment Update

MassHealth has sent out notices to people now enrolled in Basic and Essential as  well as some people now in Comm. Care or the Health Safety Net about their coverage changing to MassHealth CarePlus on Jan. 1.
The Connector has posted more information on 2014Transitions  here:

See this December 13, 2013 update, from Heath Care for All's blog.

The Connector released a fact sheet (attached) describing the extension of Comm. Care to March 31 for those currently enrolled who have not yet completed the reapplication for ConnectorCare & are not automatically switching over to MassHealth on Jan 1.
We're also passing on some info that may help you calculate  MAGI income for your patients & clients: 
More time for Comm. Care enrollees to transition to ConnectorCare.
As we move closer to Jan 1, 2014, there is a lot going on to implement the Affordable Care Act (national health reform a/k/a ObamaCare) here in Massachusetts.
Please read this email from the Connector with important information about notices going out telling people now on Commonwealth Care  that Commonwealth Care is ending Dec 31 and what to do if they are among those who will have to reapply to remain insured on Jan. 1. 
About 1/2 of current enrollees will be automatically switched over to MassHealth (about 100,000), but about half will have to reapply to get new coverage through the Connector (another  100,000).
Attached is a flyer for the November 20th BBT session on Health Access Programs.  The session will focus on changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, as well as changes in the program for dually eligible (Medicaid and Medicare eligible) persons with disabilities, known as One Care.
Because of the scope of changes brought about by the ACA, this training is suitable for both experienced and new advocates.
The current MassHealth 1115 demonstration/waiver that covers most people under the age of 65 expires on June 30, 2014. You may remember that MassHealth proposed a number of waiver amendments related to the Affordable Care Act in May 2013 and submitted the amendments for approval (with a few changes based on comments received) in June 2013. As far as we know, CMS has not yet acted on the pending amendment request.  Meanwhile, in order to renew the waiver after June 30, 2014 MassHealth has now released for public comment a draft request to extend the waiver.
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