Health Insurance

Up-to-date information and guidance on state and federal health insurance requirements.
The much-awaited-for consumer health information website from the state is up-and-running in test mode only.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last Wednesday announced a new grant program for eligible providers to help them reduce avoidable acute care use.
HB565 Relative to Opioid Prescribing Practices and Access to Pain Management
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
A key Senate Republican, Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) worked this week to show President Donald Trump that the bill Alexander crafted with Democrat Patty Murray (D-Wash.) helps consumers – not insurers – by funding cost-sharing reductions (CSR).
Fulfilling a campaign promise, but angering a wide swath of hospitals, physicians, healthcare insurers, patient advocacy groups, and other interests with an interest in practical healthcare policy, President Donald Trump this week issued two decision
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on AG Maura Healey joining CSR lawsuit against the Trump administration.
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on the Trump administration’s federal insurance changes
The Health Policy Commission’s cost trends hearing held on Monday and Tuesday delivered, as usual, lots of data and testimony on the state of the state’s healthcare system. As part of the HPC’s conversation, the commonwealth’s two leading legislator
MHA supports SB499/HB536 which seeks to guarantee women access to preventive health care, including contraception coverage, without co-pays. MHA strongly supports HB502, which requires MassHealth, its contractors, and all private insurers to adequa
MHA appreciates this opportunity to offer comments related to HB2811/SB120, “An Act Relative to Family Financial Protection.”
HB523 Relative to Uncollected Co-pays, Co-insurance and Deductibles
MHA offers testimony on a series of bills relating to commercial insurance.
The Mass Collaborative, of which MHA is a founding member along with insurance companies and providers, last week had one of its prior authorization initiatives approved by the Department of Insurance (DoI).
Governor Charlie Baker testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Thursday, arguing in favor of continuing the cost-sharing reductions that are included in the Affordable Care Act and that help insur
09.04.2017  | A Very Busy August
The so-called August policy-making lull has been anything but relaxing for MHA as the association was active over the past two weeks at both the state and federal levels, commenting on the MassHealth waiver amendment, Health Safety Net funding, Medi
If the Trump Administration ends the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reductions that help insurance companies provide lower income people with more affordable plans, premiums for that population would increase 20% in 2018, and the number of uninsu
The state’s Judicial Court on Wednesday appointed the Division of Insurance’s (DoI) acting commissioner Gary Anderson as the receiver of the health insurance company Minuteman Health.
Early on Friday morning the U.S. Senate voted down the latest effort – termed “skinny repeal” – to dramatically alter the Affordable Care Act.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: