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29 organizations submitted comments to MassHealth on their 1115 Waiver request - July 15, 2016

These comments on the MassHealth 1115 waiver proposal were submitted by the following organizations: PDF icon 29 organizations submitted comments to MassHealth on their 1115 Waiver request - July 15, 2016 Link: 29 organizations submitted comments to MassHealth on their 1115 Waiver request - July 15, 2016

Access to Healthy Food for Families in Motel Shelters: Senate Budget Amendment

While the number of families being temporarily housed in Hotel/Motel shelters is going down, these families continue to have limited to no access to safe and nutritious food. This amendment would create a working group to assess the need for and methods to provide meals to homeless families temporarily housed in hotels and motels across the Commonwealth. Click below for the full fact sheet. PDF icon Access to Healthy Food for Families in Motel Shelters: Senate Budget Amendment Fact Sheet

ACT!! Coalition Comments to CMS on MassHealth Waiver Proposal 9-1-16

The Affordable Care Today Coalition submitted comments to CMS on MassHealth's proposed 1115 waiver extension and amendment. PDF icon ACT!! Coalition Comments to CMS on MassHealth Waiver 9-1-16

ACT!! Letter on proposed MassHealth Changes from Governor Baker 6-23-17

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Link: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

An Act Authorizing Dental Therapists to Expand Access to Oral Health

Link: PEW Fact Sheet

An Act Authorizing Dental Therapists to Expand Access to Oral Health

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As Legislative Session Ends, Take Action to Promote Better Health In Massachusetts

What is happening? It’s end-of-the-session crunch time for the state legislature. The two-year legislative session ends on July 31, so just a few weeks are left to pass a state budget and act on dozens of key bills still waiting for action. The time pressure is even more intense than usual, as the legislature will be taking off two weeks in July for the Democratic and Republican national conventions. This has led legislative leaders to plan for weekend sessions at the end of July.

Assertive Patient

Assertivepatient.org is a website created by HCFA's Consumer Health Quality Council to provide information and resources to consumers dissatisfied with a health care experience. Link: AssertivePatient.org

Baystate Medical Rapid Response Story

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Bloomberg Law

Mass. Gov to Business: Offer Health Insurance or Face Fine PDF icon bakerfines7.18.17_2.pdf

Campaign for Better Care 10 Core Principles

The Massachusetts Campaign for Better Care joins consumer groups who are working together for comprehensive health care delivery system reform. We believe that Massachusetts can improve the health and economic security of all residents by reforming the health care system to provide care that is affordable, cost-effective, coordinated, equitable and high-quality. A critical tool for improving care is payment reform. Re-orienting the way doctors, hospitals, and other providers are paid can align incentives to promote patient-centered care that focuses on health and disease prevention, lowering health care costs. These are our core principles around payment and delivery system reforms.  PDF icon CBC 10 Principles

Campaign for Better Care Principles Reflected in Chapter 224

We are proud that so many of our core principles are reflected in Chapter 224.  PDF icon Payment reform provisions supporting our CBC principles

CHAC Comments to CMS on MassHealth Waiver 9-1-16

CHAC, the Children's Health Access Coaltion, submited comments to CMS on MassHealth's proposal for an amendment and extension of its 1115 waiver, September 1, 2016. PDF icon chac_comments_to_cms_-_masshealth_1115_waiver_final_9-1-16.pdf Link: CHAC Comments to CMS on MassHealth waiver 9-1-16

CHAC letter urging FY 2018 Budget Veto Overrides

The Children's Health Access Coalition (CHAC) urges the legislature to override a number of the Governor's vetos of budget provisions impacting children and families.  PDF icon CHAC Veto Override letter 7-20-17

Chart - How will the GOP Health Plan Affect Massachusetts

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) - the Republican proposed replacement for the ACA - would have a devastating impact on health care coverage in Massachusetts. The chart below provides an overview of how the AHCA differs from the ACA, and the impact on Massachusetts. PDF icon Chart - Impact of the AHCA on Massachusetts

CHIP in MA

Link: CHIP in MA

Coalition Letter in Support of Dental Hygeine Practitioners - June 7, 2016

Over 30 organizations sent a letter to the legislative leadership in support of the budget provision creating a Dental Hygiene Practioner to expand access to good oral health care. Excerpts: For many residents in Massachusetts, adequate dental care can be difficult to find. A person’s ability to access care is largely determined by age, race, income, insurance status, and geography. Further compounding this issue is the fact that only 35% of dentists in Massachusetts accept MassHealth. In 2014, the number of dentists who billed over $10,000 to the program was even lower – just 26% of dentists. So if you are a senior living in the Berkshires or a child on MassHealth in Haverhill, the reality is the same: it may be difficult to access needed dental care. Link: Dental Care For Massachusetts FY 2017 Budget Conference Letter in support of Dental Hygiene Practitioners

Comments on the MassHealth 1115 waiver proposal from the Oral Health Integration Project - July 15, 2016

The Oral Health Integration Project submitted comments to MassHealth on their proposed 1115 Waiver, signed by the following individuals and organizations: Hugh Silk, MD,MPH, FAAFP, Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health,University of Massachusetts Medical School Lisa Simon, DMD, Fellow in Oral Health and Medical Integration, Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine Michelle Dalal, Chair, Oral Health Committee,Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Robyn Olson, Chair, Oral Health Advocacy Taskforce Steering Committee Samantha Jordan, DMD MPH, Dental Director, Federally-Qualified Health Center 1199SEIU-United Healthcare Workers East Action for Boston Community Development, Inc PDF icon Comments on the MassHealth 1115 waiver proposal from the Oral Health Integration Project - July 15, 2016 Link: Comments on the MassHealth 1115 waiver proposal from the Oral Health Integration Project - July 15, 2016

Community Benefits in Massachusetts

In 2009, Attorney General Martha Coakley released updated Community Benefit Guidelines for Non Profit Acute Care Hospitals and Health Maintenance Organizations.  These new community-focused guidelines prioritize transparency and accountability. Community Benefits programs must include pre-planning that engages the community to set goals and measurements. The guidelines address health care disparities and fair medical debt collection practices.  Link: State information on Community Benefits

Consumer Coalition Comments to CMS on MassHealth Waiver 9-1-16

A broad coalition of over 3 dozen consumer organizations filed these comments with federal CMS officials on MassHealth's 1115 waiver request, Sept. 1, 2016. PDF icon consumer_advocate_masshealth_1115_waiver_sign-on_comments_-_final_9-1-16.pdf Link: Consumer Coalition Comments to CMS on MassHealth Waiver 9-1-16

Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project

Policy and action from Consumer Reports.  Link: Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project

Coordinated Care and Oral Health Integration

PDF icon Coordinated Care and Oral Health Integration in Oregon

Dental Hygiene Practitioner Senate Budget Amendment Fact Sheet

Expand Access to Dental Care in Massachusetts Please call your Senator in support of Senator Harriette Chandler’s amendment number 479 to improve access to dental care by authorizing a new type of dental professional, the Dental Hygiene Practitioner, to serve our most vulnerable populations. PDF icon Dental Hygiene Practitioner Senate Budget Amendment Fact Sheet

DentaQuest White Paper “A Model for Better Health, Better Access, and Better Value: Advantage Dental’s Approach.” I

Link: https://www.hcfama.org/sites/default/files/dentaquest_institute_white_paper_11.2...

Executive Office of Health and Human Services on ACA implementation in Massachusetts

Link: Executive Office of Health and Human Services on ACA implementation in Massachusetts

Fact Sheet on Governor Baker's Proposed MassHealth Reforms for FY 2018

Link: Fact Sheet on Governor Baker's Proposed MassHealth Reforms for FY 2018

Fact Sheet on Governor Baker's Proposed MassHealth Reforms for FY 2018 Budget

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Fact Sheet on Senate FY 2017 Budget Amendment to Prevent Cuts to Health Safety Net Program

Support Senator Lewis’s Amendment #369 to Protect Health Safety Net Eligibility & Funding The HSN program reimburses hospitals and community health centers for providing care to uninsured and underinsured Massachusetts residents. What does this amendment do? Protect current eligibility for the Health Safety Net (HSN) to ensure low-income residents can continue to get the care they need at hospitals and community health centers. Fund the HSN program at $30 million (generated from federal reimbursement). Full information is on the Fact Sheet. PDF icon Fact Sheet on Senate Budget Amendment to Protect Health Safety Net program

Foundation for Informed Medical Decison Making

For over two decades, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has been working to advance shared decision making through research, policy, clinical models and patient decision aids. They believe that the only way to ensure high quality medical decisions are being made is for a fully informed patient to participate in a shared decision making process with their health care provider. Link: Foundation for Informed Medical Decison Making

Georgetown Center for Children and Families

The Center for Children & Families (CCF) of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan policy & research center dedicated to expanding & improving health care coverage for America’s children and families.  Link: Georgetown Center for Children and Families

Governor Baker Letter to Senate Opposing AHCA (May 19, 2017)

Governor Baker sent a strong letter to the U.S. Senate opposing the House-passed AHCA PDF icon 05-19-17_gov_baker_letter_to_senate.pdf Link: Governor Baker Letter to Senate Opposing AHCA

HCFA and MPHA Comments on Health Policy Commission's Proposed Patient Centered Medical Home Standards (4-10-15)

On April 10, 2015, HCFA, along with the Massachusetts Public Health Association, submitted comments to the state's Health Policy Commission on proposed standards for certifying Patient Centered Medical Homes: PDF icon hcfa-mpha_comments_on_hpc_pcmh_standards_4-10-15.pdf

HCFA Comments to CMS on the MassHealth 1115 Waiver - 9-1-16

Health Care For All (HCFA) submitted detailed comments to CMS on MassHealth's proposal for an extension and amendment to the state's 1115 waiver, Sept. 1, 2016. PDF icon hcfa_comments_to_cms_-_1115_waiver_request_final.pdf Link: HCFA Comments to CMS on the MassHealth 1115 Waiver - 9-1-16

HCFA House Budget Priorities - April 25, 2017

Here is a list of HCFA's priorites in House budget amendment debate for Fiscal Year 2018: FY2018 HOUSE BUDGET AMENDMENT PRIORITIES PLEASE SUPPORT:

HCFA letter to US HHS Secretary Burwell Opposing Extending the Massachusetts Waiver on Rating Factors

HCFA wrote to HHS Secretary Burwell in May, 2105, opposing the request by the Baker administration to extend the state's waiver of some ACA small group insurance rules. That waiver allows Massachusetts to continue to use a system of insurance price surcharges and discounts that disrupt our insurance market. As we wrote in the letter: Our state-specific rating factors are discriminatory and unfair, and result in unwarranted premium rate increases to individuals and many small businesses. The artificial surcharges and discounts tilt the playing field in the wrong direction. They should be phased out as agreed. PDF icon HCFA letter to US HHS Secretary Burwell opposing small group ACA waiver 5-8-15

HCFA Testifies in Support of Lower "Cost Growth Benchmark" - March 8, 2017

HCFA testified before the Health Policy Commission in support of lowering the state's "Cost Growth Benchmark." The hearing was held on March 8, 2017. The benchmark sets a goal for the limit of overall growth in medical spending in the state. Entities such as insurers or hospitals that exceed the benchmark may be subject to specific sanctions under the state's health care cost containment law (summary). Link: HCFA Testimony to the HPC on the Cost Growth Benchmark - March 8, 2017

HCFA's Fiscal Year 2017 House Budget Amendment Priorities

On April 13, 2016, the state House of Representatives unveiled their draft proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 (which begins this July 1). Representatives have proposed over 1300 amendments to the budget, which will be voted on the week of April 25. HCFA is supporting a number of these amendments. We urge you to contact your Representatives and urge support for the following amendments, listed on the fact sheet linked below: PDF icon hcfa_fy_2017_house_budget_amendment_priorities.pdf

HCFA's Testimony in Support of the No-Pay Bill - Oct 13, 2015

HCFA testified is support of H. 984/S. 606, An Act to Keep People Healthy by Removing Barriers to Cost-Effective Care, at a hearing of the Health Care Financing Committee on Oct. 13, 2015. PDF icon hcfa_no_copay_bill_testimony_10.13.15.pdf

Health Care Affordability Bill

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Health Care For All Submits Comments To Health Policy Commission on ACO proposal

On January 29, 2016, Health Care For All submitted detailed comments to the Health Policy Commission on their proposed certification standards for ACOs. In our comments, we wrote that The Health Policy Commission (HPC) has an opportunity to promote approaches to payment reform that fundamentally transform the way care is delivered. ACOs should deliver high quality, high value care that treats the individual as a whole person. ACOs should ensure coordination of care, improved communication, member support and empowerment, and ready access to health care providers, services and community-based resources and supports. PDF icon HCFA ACO Certification Criteria Comments (1-29-16)

Immigrant Health Care Rights

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. Link: Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care provides leadership to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care in hospitals and other health care settings. Link: Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care

Integrating Oral and General Health: The Role of ACOs

PDF icon Oral Health Forum Oct. 2016

Letter in Opposition to Proposed Changes to the Health Safety Net Program - Feb. 25, 2016

The ACT!! Coalition sent the letter linked below to the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services in opposition to proposed changes to the Health Safety Net program. From the letter: The proposed regulatory changes will impact people who do not have access to affordable health insurance coverage, disproportionately impacting certain immigrant residents, as well as those who use the HSN to help with high cost-sharing imposed by primary insurance coverage, such as employer-sponsored insurance and Medicare. ... As a true safety net program, the HSN should be there to assist people in all the situations in which they are unable to access affordable health insurance coverage. PDF icon Letter in Opposition to Proposed Changes to the Health Safety Net Program - Feb. 25, 2016

MA Dental Therapists Fact Sheet

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