Yesterday the House and Senate passed a supplemental budget bill (pdf) that includes many provisions needed to move forward with implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick is expected to sign the bill quickly.
The bill includes important provisions to authorize a Basic Health Plan and state help to maintain existing subsidy levels for residents between 200-300% of the federal poverty level. These provisions will strengthen ACA implementation in Massachusetts.
Other sections authorize various state agencies to implement reinsurance, risk adjustment, non-payment for provider preventable conditions, and establishment of child-only, catastrophic and stand alone dental and vision plans, as required by the ACA.
The bill also contains provisions implementing the Delivery System Transformation Initiative, the component of the new Medicaid Waiver that provides federal funds for seven safety net hospitals.
HCFA strongly supported these provisions, and is pleased Massachusetts is moving forward with ACA implementation.