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

Here is a link to this year's MassHealth Income Chart, effective March 1st, 2013.  This year the effective date of the chart continues only until December 31st, because on January 1, 2014, new rules for Medicaid eligibility will be in effect, governed by the Affordable Care Act.  The coming changes will consolidate a number of categorical groups, adjust the income limits, and introduce a new income methodology to many categories of folks covered under public benefit health programs.  Much more on this l

Get a preview of what the application process may look like in Medicaid and in the Exchange when major provisions of the federal health reform law take effect in Jan. 2014.

Starting as early as October 2013 there will be a new common application form for MassHealth and for the federal  tax credits and cost sharing subsidies and state subsidies for the purchase of private insurance that are intended to replace Commonwealth Care in January 2014.

The on-line form is designed to provide real-time verification through electronic data matches.

MassHealth has published 4 proposed rules, two of which will be of special interest to advocates

1. Effective Jan. 1, 2013 adult dental services will be expanded to cover fillings for front (anterior) teeth.  This modest provision was enacted in the FY13 budget. However, the Governor's proposed budget for FY 14, if enacted, would fully restore adult dental benefits. Please remember to ask your state representatives to add the dental restoration to their priorities for the 2013 session!

The Governor yesterday released his budget proposal for next fiscal year. You can see the MLRI preliminary analysis here:

 

Attached please find a flyer regarding the up coming Basic Benefit Training session on cash assistance for families and individuals, (TAFDC and EAEDC)  The training will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mass. Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

As most of you have probably seen in the news, the current Sec. of EOHHS JudyAnn Bigby is stepping down. The new Sec. will be John  Polanowicz who comes from the world of hospital administration most recently running St. Eliz. hospital.

Also leaving is Sec. of Admin & Finance Jay Gonzalez. Replacing him will be the current director of the Health Care Connector, Glen Shor. 

The new director of the Connector will be Jean Yang who has been the Connector's CFO.

Attached is a flyer for the SSI-SSDI BBT session-- a great opportunity to learn the details of these programs. 

Please share with anyone who may be interes

1. SUPREME COURT VICTORY. Last week the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but ruled that Congress could not authorize the Secretary to deny all Medicaid funding to states that refused to expand Medicaid to all individuals under 133% of poverty as contemplated by the Act. 

1.  State budget for FY 2013. A conference committee is now considering differences between the House & Senate budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. A detailed summary of the health care provisions in the two bills from MMPI, Mass Budget & MLRI is available here: https://bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/fiscal-year-2013-house-and-senate-budget-comparison-brief

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