Medicaid / MassHealth

Information and updates on state-federal programs that provide coverage to low-income, disabled and elderly people.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted unanimously last Wednesday to pass a sweeping, multi-part bill to fight the opioid crisis.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded to the state’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver request that had been filed last September.
A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives could begin consideration as early as tomorrow on a massive healthcare reform bill.
The State House News last week quoted House Speaker Bob DeLeo as saying he expects a House healthcare cost-control bill on the floor by the end of June.
Debate on the Massachusetts Senate’s budget proposal begins tomorrow and MHA has two priority amendment.
Debate begins today on the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee’s state budget proposal for FY 2019.
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.
MassHealth continues to tweak its sweeping Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program that went live in March.
EOHHS announced last week that 52 acute care hospitals are eligible for $10.385 million through the Community Hospital Reinvestment Trust Fund.
EOHHS announced a new opportunity for primary care providers seeking to participate in the new MassHealth ACO program.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program went live last Thursday.
MHA weighed in with the House Ways & Means Committee as it prepares to take the next step in the state’s budget process.
Statement from Steve Walsh, President & CEO, Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA), regarding MassHealth ACOs.
As of March 1, 2018, approximately 1.2 million MassHealth managed-care members will have a new set of plan options in which to enroll.
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last week would allow providersto be screened and enrolled quickly in the Medicaid program.
Last Monday, the Trump Administration released its FY2019 budget proposal.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program begins on Thursday, March 1.
A new healthcare policy/advocacy group – United States of Care – launched last week.
Robert DeLeo laid out priorities for the new legislative year, including a vow to take up healthcare reform “in the coming months.”

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: