Health Safety Net (HSN)

Uncompensated funding for patients without other resources.
The House Ways & Means Committee last Wednesday released its FY2020 $42.7 billion proposed state budget.
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 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.
A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.
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.
The House Ways & Means Committee version of the FY2019 state budget is expected to be released by the committee this Wednesday.
MHA weighed in with the House Ways & Means Committee as it prepares to take the next step in the state’s budget process.
The MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program begins on Thursday, March 1.
Robert DeLeo laid out priorities for the new legislative year, including a vow to take up healthcare reform “in the coming months.”
Last Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion FY19 state budget proposal.
Senate leaders unveiled a 159-section, 101-page healthcare reform bill on Tuesday that addresses behavioral health, provider price variation, readmissions, the scope of practice for various health professions, and telemedicine – among a host of other
A deficiency budget that the Massachusetts House passed this week to close the books on FY17 included a provision requiring every employer in Massachusetts with six or more workers to out an employer medical assistance contribution (EMAC) compliance

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: