Health Safety Net (HSN)

Uncompensated funding for patients without other resources.
President Trump released his proposed FY21 budget last year and it is remarkable for the ferocity with which it attacks Medicare and Medicaid.
Governor Charlie Baker released his proposed FY 2021 state budget last week, and it contains, for the second year in a row, an update to MassHealth spending of less than 1%.
Governor Charlie Baker submitted to the legislature a $74.2 million supplemental budget for the current state fiscal year 2020.
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka said at the HPC cost trends hearing last week that the Senate is crafting its own healthcare reform bill.
Governor Charlie Baker last Friday introduced the latest legislative proposal to reform the state’s healthcare system.
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.
Last year’s FY2019 state budget provided for the transfer of up to $15 million in state funding to the Health Safety Net. This month, the Baker Administration fulfilled that transfer.
The Massachusetts House-Senate Conference Committee began meeting last week to iron out differences between the two chambers’ state budgets for Fiscal Year 2020.
The State Senate begins debate tomorrow on the Senate Ways & Means proposed state budget for FY2020 and the 1,100-plus amendments to it that have been filed.
As debate on the Massachusetts Senate’s proposed FY 2020 state budget begins next Tuesday, hospitals are urging senators to provide some needed relief to hospitals serving large populations of Medicaid patients.
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.
MHA will be working with legislative champions in the House to strengthen the FY2020 budget directive in a manner that will ensure the administration fulfills the $15 million transfer to the Health Safety Net.
The House Ways & Means Committee last Wednesday released its FY2020 $42.7 billion proposed state budget.
The Health Policy Commission in coming months is scheduled to decide on whether the state’s healthcare cost growth benchmark – currently set at 3.1% – should remain at that level.
As the Massachusetts House and Senate begin to construct their FY2020 budget proposals, MHA, in consultation with its members, is calling attention to a series of priorities.
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.
As 2019 begins, here are a few key developments that should occur.
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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.

Resources

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