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Second Weekly Enrollment Dashboard Shows Almost 83,000 Signing Up For Coverage

Today the Health Connector and MassHealth released their second weekly enrollment dashboard, showing enrollment and eligibility numbers for the last week of November. An excerpt is copied above.  All of the daily and weekly dashboards are posted by the Connector each weekday afternoon, here. The numbers show continued growth in people being found eligible for coverage. In the first week, almost 52,000 people were found eligible. For the second week, including Thanksgiving, another 30,800 people were found eligible. The total is now a bit below 83,000. Read more »

Connector/MassHealth Week 1 Dashboard Shows Continued Enrollment Growth

The state released its first weekly Open Enrollment dashboard today, showing enrollment activity for the Health Connector and MassHealth.  The complicated chart above shows both were enrollees are coming from, and where they are going to. Notice that the bars are not to scale. Read more »

Congratulations, Marylou

We were so pleased to learn today that incoming Governor Charlie Baker has selected Marylou Sudders to be his Secretary of Health and Human Services (for details, see this State House News Service story). Marylou and HCFA go back a long way, through our work together on children's health for over a decade, her 7-year service as Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996-2003, and our more recent work with her as a member of the Health Policy Commission. She brings enormous experience with state care systems, a very expansive empathy for the people the EOHHS agencies serve, and an openness to... Read more »

New Report Shows MassHealth Spends Less State Funds Than You Think

On a day when the Governor announced over $50 million in MassHealth Medicaid cuts (details here), the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) and the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI), released a new budget brief, Understanding the Actual Cost of MassHealth to the State. The brief details the true “net” cost of MassHealth to the state after accounting for federal reimbursement. Read more »

NAMI Mass Releases Results of Survey on Mental Health Attitudes; Calls on Governor-elect to Make Mental Health a Priority in his Administration

[News on an important new survey released by our friends at the Massachusetts chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness]   On November 18, 2014, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Massachusetts chapter (NAMI Mass) held joint news conferences in Boston and Agawam, releasing the results of its statewide survey on mental health attitudes as well as a five-point proposed plan for making mental health a priority of the Baker administration’s first 100 days. Read more »

Thanks, Senator Moore

In January, Massachusetts Senator Richard Moore, one of the strongest and most expert health care leaders in the Legislature, will be leaving the State House.  Read more »

We're Still The One: Mass Leads Nation in Coverage

Today the Census Bureau released its annual insurance coverage data, covering 2013 The Mass Budget and Policy Center has the results: We still lead the nation in coverage. Their conclusions: Read more »

Connector Moves Forward with hCentive, Plans Outreach Activities, and Repeals Employer Health Care Regulations

As announced earlier this month, Massachusetts is moving forward with a state-based system for its health insurance eligibility and enrollment system and consumer-facing website. Today’s Connector Board meeting focused on the progress made in building this new system and the Connector and MassHealth’s plans for coverage transitions and outreach and enrollment leading up to the next open enrollment period. The Connector Board also voted on the repeal of some obsolete employer-related regulations. The Connector ran through a live demonstration of the work-in-progress website, showing that it... Read more »

Breaking: Massachusetts Granted Permission To Operate State-Based Health Exchange

This great news just in from the state. We're very pleased, because it means Massachusetts can proceed with its own affordability assistance and other state programs that will meet the needs of our consumers: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Press Release STATE TO USE hCENTIVE AS HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE WEBSITE FOR FALL 2014 OPEN ENROLLMENTDecision means Massachusetts will remain a State-based Marketplace, FFM no longer needed as a contingency plan BOSTON – Friday, August 8, 2014 – Maydad Cohen, Special Assistant to the Governor for Project Delivery, today announced that the Patrick... Read more »

Continuity of care for the incarcerated: New policy may help

The guest post below is by Melissa Shannon, Director of Government Relations & Public Affairs at the Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA). CCA is a consumer-governed health care organization (founded by HCFA and other groups) that serves the "dually eligibile" - people enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. CCA covers seniors enrolled in the state's Senior Care Options (SCO) program, and people with disabilities in the One Care program. CCA focuses on people with complex medical needs, and provides enhanced primary care and care coordination through multi-disciplinary clinical teams... Read more »


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