Medicaid / MassHealth

Information and updates on state-federal programs that provide coverage to low-income, disabled and elderly people.
In a letter to CMS last week, MHA urged the federal agency to reconsider rules regarding how Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) direct payments to providers.
The new 116th Congress was sworn in last Thursday and its leadership contains some Massachusetts members.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
State Attorney Generals across the U.S. will be working through the Christmas holiday preparing expedited briefs supporting the Affordable Care Act.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
MHA is opposed to a proposed federal rule that will make harder for immigrants to access medical care.
MHA’s Semi-Annual Year-End Health Plan Performance Report covering the period from January 2014 to June 2018 has been released.
Perhaps the largest and most complex healthcare merger in state history is all but final after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office ok'd the merger with conditions.
By a 70-30 vote, Massachusetts communities in last week’s election rejected ballot Question 1.
Now that Democrats have regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal (D) will become chairman of the powerful Ways & Means Committee.
Care is fluid and ever-changing and should not be determined by a rigid number arrived at through popular vote. Vote NO on 1.
A majority of stakeholders identified to the HPC that proposed mandatory nurse staffing ratios are a top area of concern.
The HPC’s $949 million upper cost estimate does not include the cost associated with emergency departments.
The 2019 acute care hospital Request for Application was released last week and will take effect November 1.
The American Hospital Association last week announced 340B drug program “good stewardship principles.”
The state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis released its latest annual report on the performance of the Massachusetts healthcare system – and the picture it paints is a positive one.
The state has released Massachusetts hospital financial performance data for all of 2017 and the picture is not at all rosy.
Last Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker signed the $41.7 billion FY19 state budget.
The Massachusetts Legislature approved a $41.88 billion FY2019 state budget last Wednesday and sent it to Governor Baker.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted unanimously last Wednesday to pass a sweeping, multi-part bill to fight the opioid crisis.

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: