Medicaid / MassHealth - Funding

The Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee released its proposed FY19 state budget last Wednesday, and a preliminary review of it shows that the budget writers were responsive to some key hospital priorities.
EOHHS announced a new opportunity for primary care providers seeking to participate in the new MassHealth ACO program.
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion FY19 state budget proposal.
A deficiency budget that the Massachusetts House passed this week to close the books on FY17 included a provision requiring every employer in Massachusetts with six or more workers to out an employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC) compliance
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on the Trump administration’s federal insurance changes
Statement from Lynn Nicholas, MHA President & CEO, on AG Maura Healey joining CSR lawsuit against the Trump administration.
MHA is concerned about federal Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) funding provided to states to support those hospitals that cover a large percentage of Medicaid recipients.
The latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – through the so called Graham-Cassidy bill – would be, according to analyses from across the political spectrum, devastating to Massachusetts.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) had scheduled an event on Monday to bring attention to how the Graham-Cassidy plan will be detrimental to Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts House on Wednesday voted to restore the $220 million to MassHealth that Governor Charlie Baker had vetoed out of the $39.4 billion state budget he had signed in July.
This week, the Massachusetts House Congressional delegation sent a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price urging that the Trump Administration not move forward on proposed cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) f
The state has released the 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) – the main contract between the MassHealth program and acute care hospitals serving Medicaid patients.
Governor Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed off on half of his plan to address growing costs in the state’s healthcare system.
Governor Baker’s MassHealth reform package, which he coupled with an increase in the per-worker assessment employers pay, suffered a setback last week.
Early on Friday morning the U.S. Senate voted down the latest effort – termed “skinny repeal” – to dramatically alter the Affordable Care Act.
Last week Governor Baker signed a $39.4 billion state budget, vetoing about $222 million in MassHealth line while sending back to the legislature proposed healthcare amendments to the budget that Baker wants action on within 60 days
The latest version of the Republican healthcare reform bill that the U.S. Senate leadership released on Thursday would still drastically cut federal Medicaid funding to Massachusetts.
The U.S. Senate Republican leadership was reported to be putting its rewrite of its healthcare reform bill back on the fast track.
The US Senate on Thursday released their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which passed the House on May 5th. Like the proposal that passed in the House, the Senate bill seeks to repeal significant portions of the Affordable Care Act.
MHA President & CEO Lynn Nicholas, FACHE, joined Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), MHA member Patrick Wardell, MBA, CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance, other healthcare leaders, advocates and concerned patients to discuss their strong opposition.

Resources

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