Medicaid / MassHealth

Information and updates on state-federal programs that provide coverage to low-income, disabled and elderly people.
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.
Last Monday, the Trump Administration released its FY2019 budget proposal.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program begins on Thursday, March 1.
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate last week would allow providersto be screened and enrolled quickly in the Medicaid program.
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.”
The three-day government shutdown came to an end last Monday when Congress passed a continuing resolution package.
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion FY19 state budget proposal.
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

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: