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

Earlier in the day we sent out MLRI's summary of the HWM budget. Amendments are due tomorrow.  While health programs fared far better than services for homeless families or cash assistance recipients, the budget did not address ongoing problems with restricted dental benefits, unreasonable delays at MassHealth offices, or support for outreach and enrollment grants.

Please call your representatives to co-sponsor the following health amendments which are priorities of the Affordable Care Today Coalition.

A new (2012) edition of the MassHealth Advocacy Guide is available for purchase from MCLE.
It is also available on the website for download at:



Join co-chairs of the Legislative Oral Health Caucus Representative John Scibak and Senator Harriette Chandler
and the Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce on Wednesday, April 4th.

WEAR RED in support of Restoring Essential Dental. Let your legislators know why restoration of MassHealth adult dental benefits is important to YOU!

Don't miss the last of MLRI's 2011-2012 Basic Benefit Training series on HEALTH CARE ACCESS on April 4, 2012 in Boston.

In addition to a full day of info-packed presentations from our experienced panel of trainers, attendees will get hot off the presses the 2012 edition of MLRI's MassHealth Advocacy Guide --all for only $25 (for legal services & employees of nonprofits).

See MCLE website for more information..

Registration is on-line through Mass. Continuing Legal Education - at

There are 3 programs left in MLRI's annual Basic Benefits Training series. All trainings are in Boston. Registration for each is $25 for legal services advocates and other nonprofits. Registration is on-line through Mass. Continuing Legal Education by following the links below.

1. Immigrants & Public Benefits on March 8, 2012

2. Basics of the new CORI law on March 20, 2012

2012 Federal Poverty Level

On March 1 the Office of Medicaid will start using the new 2012 federal poverty levels.  MLRI's 2012 income standards table is posted here

1. Bridge funded through June 2011.

Attached is a copy of a member notice that MassHealth sent out in December. It corrects information in an earlier May notice about the limitation in MassHealth payment for inpatient hospital days to 20 days. It makes clear that MassHealth-eligible patients hospitalized for longer than 20 days will NOT be liable for the additional hospital days due to the 20-day payment limit.

Listed below are 4 updates on national health reform litigation & small employer tax credits; a fair hearing decision regarding newish MassHealth "program integrity" policies to identify non-residents, and the change in state law limiting the dates when certain individuals can buy individual insurance on their own.

A few miscellaneous updates for you--

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