Category Archives: MassHealth/Medicaid

All things Medicaid and MassHealth

The End of an Era – A Legislative Giant Retires in Washington

Normally, the retirement of a member of Congress representing a district nearly 2,000 miles from Massachusetts would not be mentioned on this blog.  But Congressman Henry Waxman’s announcement today that he will be leaving public life at the end of … Continue reading

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Happy New Year. Happy New MassHealth. And Goodbye To MassHealth Essential & Basic.

Raise a glass and sing Auld Lang Syne to remember two historic MassHealth programs that are ending today. New Years Day 2014 brings profound changes to MassHealth, our Medicaid and CHIP program. These changes will transform the program as much … Continue reading

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Wonk Alert: Health Reform Trust Fund Primer

Wonks, start your salivating. This is the real thing. How good is this?: As noted above, some budgeted funds segregate revenue for a particular purpose, but in most cases this is revenue that would otherwise go into the General Fund. … Continue reading

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Governor Patrick: Health Care Reform Works in Massachusetts and It Will Work in America

Governor Patrick published a piece in the Huffington Post today with the self-explaining title, “Health Care Reform Works in Massachusetts and It Will Work in America.” In the piece, the Governor goes beyond the statistics and presents some stories (that’s … Continue reading

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Obamacare in Massachusetts: Incremental Transformation

Understandably, there’s lots media attention on October 1 as the D-Day for health reform. The health insurance marketplaces will be newly open in every state (of course, in  Massachusetts we’ve had our Health Connector since 2006),  and people can shop … Continue reading

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Happy Fiscal New Year! House, Senate Send FY 2014 Budget to Governor, With Some Good News for MassHealth Dental Coverage

Today the House and Senate sent to the Governor the FY 2014 budget (giant pdf), which  was filed by the joint conference committee late last night. Any minute now, we’ll get a detailed report from our friends at the Mass … Continue reading

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ACA Bill Advances in Massachusetts House

Today the state House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to Governor Patrick’s legislation to implement the ACA in Massachusetts. The bill, H. 3452 (text, section-by-section (pdf), and topical summary (pdf)), is expected to come up for a final House vote … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Ups Some Health Funds

After two long days (and long nights), the Senate finalized their budget for Fiscal Year 2014 (which starts in July), and in doing so brought some good tidings for health in Massachusetts. Perhaps the greatest win was in oral health … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday – Here’s Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment to … Continue reading

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More Building Blocks For ACA Implementation

While ACA implementation remains contentious in many states, in Massachusetts the building blocks are being set in place in a routine and orderly way. On Wednesday, MassHealth released its revised ACA implementation plan, called the “Roadmap to 2014.” Also released … Continue reading

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