Monthly Archives: June 2006

FY07 Budget Approved by Legislature

The conference committee finished work on the FY 07 budget at 6:30am this morning and rushed it to a vote in both chambers today, where it was approved overwhelmingly. The Governor now has 10 days to submit vetoes, and we … Continue reading

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Dems Debate Health Care

HCFA and I are unaligned in this year’s race for Governor. I like all three Dems. So I watched tonight’s NECN debate on health care to see how they would present their positions and frame issues. Following are notes and … Continue reading

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Connector Watch: Meeting 4 – C-CHIP Standards Adopted

The Insurance Connector Board held a special meeting today to adopt emergency regulations creating standards for C-CHIP (subsidized insurance for folks below 300% FPL) products before a July 1st deadline. The Board acted quickly to enact the emergency regs, which … Continue reading

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New Report on MassHealth and MA Budgets

A new report from the MA Medicaid Policy Institute and the Mass Budget and Policy Center seeks answers to how much MassHealth has been responsible for budget problems over the past years. Click here to obtain the report and a … Continue reading

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Farewell to the MassHealth Defense Group

The MassHealth Defense Group held its final meeting today. The coalition, formed in 2002 in response to cuts to dental and other benefits and the elimination of coverage to 36,000 MassHealth Basic recipients, has been meeting every two weeks since … Continue reading

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Will CMS Approve Health Reform Waiver by July 1? (Looks like: No)

Medicaid Director Beth Waldman talked today at the MassHealth Defense Group’s final meeting (see next post) on progress in getting approval from federal CMS officials for the MassHealth-related aspects of health reform. Beth said CMS approval will not be in … Continue reading

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A Peek at the Federal Medicaid Commission’s Directions

Second post from Seattle: Sunday afternoon panel on Medicaid organized by Diane Rowland of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Key speaker? No, not me, Chuck Milligan, respected Medicaid authority from U of Maryland. A federal Bush-appointed Medicaid Reform Commission has been … Continue reading

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