Medicaid / MassHealth

Information and updates on state-federal programs that provide coverage to low-income, disabled and elderly people.
Since 1976 there have been 17 federal government shutdowns.
The Trump Administration announced it would allow state Medicaid programs to seek a Medicaid waiver that would allow states to require certain Medicaid beneficiaries to be either working or preparing to work as a requirement to receive Medicaid.
The Health Policy Commission (HPC) last Wednesday announced a new grant program for eligible providers to help them reduce avoidable acute care use.
Tim Gens, who has provided the intellectual and compassionate foundation for MHA’s strategy and policy efforts for 23 years, announced he will leave the association, effective Dec. 31.
HB565 Relative to Opioid Prescribing Practices and Access to Pain Management
The House and Senate tax bills now moving to conference committee each contain provisions that are of concern to hospitals.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program is set to go live March 1, 2018.
Providers participating in the Medicaid or Medicare program are facing new “Conditions of Participation”
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
The U.S. House on Friday passed legislation to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years.
Debate on the State Senate’s sweeping healthcare bill -- An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (S.219) – begins on Wednesday, Nov. 8 and 9.
10.31.2017  | The HEALTH Act
An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care (the HEALTH Act)
HB2167 An Act to Improve Health Care Costs for Employers and Consumers
Senate leaders unveiled a 159-section, 101-page healthcare reform bill on Tuesday that addresses behavioral health, provider price variation, readmissions, the scope of practice for various health professions, and telemedicine – among a host of other
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
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
Two big priorities for the Massachusetts healthcare community – preserving the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stalling Medicaid cuts to disproportionate share hospitals – were helped this week by Congressional action.

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: