Medicaid / MassHealth

Information and updates on state-federal programs that provide coverage to low-income, disabled and elderly people.
The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a sweeping mental health reform bill last Thursday that takes a large step towards "parity."
President Trump released his proposed FY21 budget last year and it is remarkable for the ferocity with which it attacks Medicare and Medicaid.
The Massachusetts Senate this week is expected to begin debate on a comprehensive mental health bill.
Approximately 350 people attended MHA’s Mid-Winter Leadership Forum last Friday – the 53rd such gathering in MHA’s 84-year history.
Interested hospital-affiliated clinicians are invited to participate in one or more free, CME-credit-bearing webinars sponsored by Partners in Contraceptive Choice and Knowledge.
MHA joins numerous organizations across the country, including AHA, in its criticism of of a new CMS Medicaid proposal.
The Trump Administration unveiled its newest version of Medicaid block grants last Thursday –a proposal it calls “Healthy Adult Opportunity.”
Massachusetts hospitals are interested in ensuring a complete count of the state’s residents during the 2020 U.S. Census
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%.
MHA is encouraging its membership to weigh in on recommendations for possible changes to the 2021 state Aligned Measure Set.
Hospitals and other advocates are urging the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee to move forward on a social determinants of health bill.
Governor Charlie Baker submitted to the legislature a $74.2 million supplemental budget for the current state fiscal year 2020.
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.
Three bills that MHA and its membership have endorsed throughout their journey in the State House were passed by the legislature last week.
A new Expedited Psychiatric Inpatient Admissions Policy, or EPIA 2.0, builds on the original EPIA that was released in February 2018.
A new MassHealth policy that would require prior authorizations for more than 350 medical and diagnostic services is on hold for now.
CHIA released its second report on behavioral health and readmissions in Massachusetts acute care hospitals.
Does an insurance company bear any responsibility for the expensive, impractical policies they are selling?
Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka said at the HPC cost trends hearing last week that the Senate is crafting its own healthcare reform bill.

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