Health Insurance

Up-to-date information and guidance on state and federal health insurance requirements.
MassHealth continues to tweak its sweeping Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program that went live in March.
The new transparency website from the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is nearing completion.
EOHHS announced a new opportunity for primary care providers seeking to participate in the new MassHealth ACO program.
03.19.2018  | Correction
A story in last week’s Monday Report incorrectly stated that Anthem Ins. Co. does not have a presence in Mass.
Another big health insurance company has rolled out an emergency department claims-payment strategy that is raising concern.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program went live last Thursday.
The three-day government shutdown came to an end last Monday when Congress passed a continuing resolution package.
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.
HB490/SB550, SB523 Pharmacy and Medical Malpractice
HB565 Relative to Opioid Prescribing Practices and Access to Pain Management
HB488 / SB547, HB527 / SB524, SB543 Health Insurance Mandates / Life Insurance
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
HB2183, HB495, HB2157/SB565, SB595, HB538 Health and Dental Insurance Matters
HB1184, HB2434/SB1244, HB578/SB549, HB2439, HB3230, HB2436, HB3236/SB1221, HB3227, HB3515, SB1246 Patient Safety and Quality; Workforce Development
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

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: