Health Insurance

Up-to-date information and guidance on state and federal health insurance requirements.
The House Ways & Means Committee last Wednesday released its FY2020 $42.7 billion proposed state budget.
The Trump Administration released its budget blueprint for federal fiscal year 2020 last week and, by any measure, it does not contain good news for Medicaid, Medicare, hospitals, or coverage expansion.
The healthcare-influencing entity created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase has named itself Haven.
The health insurer United Healthcare has been planning a benefit change whereby patients would be required to receive outpatient elective advanced radiologic imaging in non-hospital settings.
In a letter to Congressional leadership last week, a group of hospital associations, including the American Hospital Association, noted that the ACA coverage goals have not been fully achieved – but that DSH cuts remain.
Last year, an insurance company denied life insurance coverage to a Boston Medical Center (BMC) nurse because she included Narcan on her application’s medication list.
MHA-endorsed priority legislation is proposing a step to help resolve the shortage of behavioral healthcare workers.
Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) has released the results of its annual survey of patient experiences in primary care practices across the states.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) last week laid out its 2019 public policy agenda.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
MHA’s Semi-Annual Year-End Health Plan Performance Report covering the period from January 2014 to June 2018 has been released.
MHA is opposed to a proposed federal rule that will make harder for immigrants to access medical care.
The Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition holds its kickoff breakfast meeting tomorrow at The University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.
By a 70-30 vote, Massachusetts communities in last week’s election rejected ballot Question 1.
The state’s HPC devoted part of its two-day cost trend hearing last week to the Question 1 ballot issue, adding new insight into the staffing mandate’s costs, and more.
The group representing health insurers in Massachusetts said that if Question 1 passes consumers will likely pay more in premiums.
The HPC’s $949 million upper cost estimate does not include the cost associated with emergency departments.
A majority of stakeholders identified to the HPC that proposed mandatory nurse staffing ratios are a top area of concern.
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 legislative effort to get Massachusetts community hospitals some much-needed financial relief failed last week as the House and Senate were unable to reach compromise on two similar bills.

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: