EOHHS

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) is the largest secretariat in the commonwealth, responsible for the Medicaid program, child welfare, public health, disabilities, veterans’ affairs, and elder affairs. Under the direction of the Secretary of Health & Human Services, EOHHS oversees the numerous state agencies involved in providing services to these populations in Massachusetts. MHA represents its members’ interests before these agencies and with the secretariat itself, educating and advocating on matters of vital importance to hospitals, health systems, and other care providers.
The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a sweeping mental health reform bill last Thursday that takes a large step towards "parity."
The Trump Administration unveiled its newest version of Medicaid block grants last Thursday –a proposal it calls “Healthy Adult Opportunity.”
MHA is encouraging its membership to weigh in on recommendations for possible changes to the 2021 state Aligned Measure Set.
The Executive Office of Health & Human Services has released proposed regulations that would give MassHealth the authority to designate and exclude from MassHealth coverage high-cost drugs that are purchased under the 340B program.
The Executive Office of Health & Human Services has issued draft regulations governing pharmacy services delivered to MassHealth patients.
The state wants to improve the ambulatory behavioral health system and is asking the healthcare sector and the public for ideas on how to make it happen.
A new Expedited Psychiatric Inpatient Admissions Policy, or EPIA 2.0, builds on the original EPIA that was released in February 2018.
The state has released the 2020 RFA – the main contract between the MassHealth program and acute care hospitals serving Medicaid patients.
MassHealth has extended the acute hospital 2019 RFA one additional month through October 31, 2019.
MHA’s VP of Clinical Affairs Patricia Noga, R.N., PhD, has been selected to serve on the Executive Office of Health & Human Services Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce.
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has issued proposed changes to the two regulations governing Health Safety Net (HSN) eligibility and payments.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives today begins debate on the proposed FY2020 state budget, and the nearly 1,400 amendments to it that have been filed.
Despite the progress in Massachusetts fighting opioid use, the healthcare community and state political leaders are not letting up on the issue.
Several new Massachusetts policies are aiding the collective fight against the opioid epidemic.
The state’s bold experiment with its dual eligible programs is getting some revisions, while raising some concerns among hospitals and physicians.
Governor Charlie Baker last Wednesday released a $42.7 billion FY2020 state budget proposal that among other things maintains level MassHealth provider reimbursement rates,
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.
A new paper released last week has raised the alarm on the pervasive problem of physician burnout.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
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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:
  • Directory of Government Officials
  • 2016-2017/2017-2018 State Legislative Package 
Click on the links below for easy access to information on important federal healthcare matters and MHA’s advocacy, outreach and other work on these issues.

Both of these include links to members list, committees, and legislation and records.