New &amp; Updated https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/ en MassHealth: The Basics - 2022 Webinar https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/event/masshealth-basics-2022-webinar <span>MassHealth: The Basics - 2022 Webinar</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-smartdate field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-11-17T16:00:00+00:00">Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 04:00</time> to <time datetime="2022-11-17T17:00:00+00:00">05:00pm</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/17/2022 - 21:01</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-summary field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Foundation’s Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) hosted a webinar with chart pack authors Carol Gyurina and Lissette Victoriano from the Commonwealth Medicine Division at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. The goal of the webinar was to provide participants with basic background information about MassHealth, including what benefits MassHealth covers, who it serves, program spending, and a status update on the state’s delivery reform efforts.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://well-b.zoom.us/rec/share/EJ46o3yeGCzHbr63hlj2G7jEHylK1a20U3xcuWWZ-XD51CHOTjpu3kSI3w3NwPsi.UqpwIOcALjWnKJDv Passcode: %4a1S.m?" rel=" noopener" target="_blank">Click here</a> to access the webinar recording. </strong><br /> Recording access passcode: %4a1S.m?</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-related-reports field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Related Reports</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/publication/masshealth-basics-facts-and-trends-october-2022" hreflang="en">MassHealth: The Basics – Facts and Trends (October 2022)</a></div> </div> </div> Thu, 17 Nov 2022 21:01:24 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 35186 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org MassHealth: The Basics – Facts and Trends (October 2022) https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/masshealth-basics-facts-and-trends-october-2022 <span>MassHealth: The Basics – Facts and Trends (October 2022)</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/25/2022 - 20:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-thumbnail field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2022-10/MassHealthBasics2022_thumb.jpg" width="200" height="150" alt="Basics thumb" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-10-26T12:00:00Z">October 26, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This UPDATED (October 2022) edition of the <em>MassHealth: The Basics</em> chart pack provides new data on MassHealth enrollment and spending from the most recent state fiscal years available. The chart pack also features a high-level overview and status update on the state’s delivery system reform efforts, including a summary of the key elements of MassHealth’s latest 1115 demonstration waiver extension that was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on September 28, 2022.</p> <p>The chart pack provides comprehensive yet accessible data points and program updates to help policymakers, administrators, advocates, and academics better understand the complex MassHealth program. It is made available in PDF and PowerPoint formats to facilitate its use in presentations.</p> <p>MMPI recently hosted a webinar<strong> </strong>to review facts and data about MassHealth eligibility, costs, and recent reforms from the latest edition of MassHealth: The Basics. <a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/event/masshealth-basics-2022-webinar"><strong>Click here</strong></a> to access a recording of this webinar and a copy of the webinar slides.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-related-items field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Related Items</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/event/masshealth-basics-2022-webinar" hreflang="en">MassHealth: The Basics - 2022 Webinar</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-collections field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Collection</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/publication-collection/basics" hreflang="en">Basics</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 25 Oct 2022 20:56:42 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 35161 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org Creating a Robust, Diverse, and Resilient Behavioral Health Workforce in Massachusetts https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/creating-robust-diverse-and-resilient-behavioral-health-workforce-massachusetts <span>Creating a Robust, Diverse, and Resilient Behavioral Health Workforce in Massachusetts</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/28/2022 - 14:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-thumbnail field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2022-09/BH_Workforce_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="bh workforce report thumb" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-09-29T12:00:00Z">September 29, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The behavioral health workforce in Massachusetts is in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the prevalence of behavioral health issues and demand for services, exposing and aggravating the vulnerabilities of Massachusetts’ behavioral health workforce and delivery system. Health care, including behavioral health care, has been among the industries hardest hit by the “Great Resignation,” exacerbating workforce shortages that predated the pandemic. These dynamics fuel an urgent call to action for Massachusetts to grow and support a workforce that can meet the pressing demand for behavioral health care in the Commonwealth. Informed by a literature review, the development of an inventory of promising models nationwide, and interviews with local and national stakeholders and experts, this report outlines seven concrete recommendations to expand Massachusetts’ behavioral health workforce, increase its diversity, maximize its potential to meet the needs of all people in the Commonwealth, and strengthen its resilience.</p></div> Wed, 28 Sep 2022 14:12:42 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 35071 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org The MassHealth Proposed Demonstration Extension 2022–2027: Building on Success, Focusing on Equity https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/masshealth-proposed-demonstration-extension-2022-2027-building-success-focusing-equity <span>The MassHealth Proposed Demonstration Extension 2022–2027: Building on Success, Focusing on Equity</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/30/2022 - 13:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-thumbnail field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2022-06/MH_Demonstration_Extenson_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="waiver thumb" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-06-30T12:00:00Z">June 30, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Massachusetts administers much of MassHealth through an 1115 Demonstration waiver, approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which it has extended several times since it was originally approved in 1995. In December 2021, Massachusetts submitted a request to CMS to extend its Demonstration for another five years. While this request largely aims to continue and improve upon the programs and initiatives that are a part of the current Demonstration, an area of specific focus within the proposed extension centers around advancing health equity within the MassHealth program. As part of this request, MassHealth seeks to promote health equity by both building on current program elements and introducing new strategies such as investing in certain populations that experience persistent health inequities and creating incentives for ACOs and hospitals to measure and reduce health inequities.</p> <p>This report describes the proposed MassHealth Demonstration extension, what it means for MassHealth coverage moving forward, and implications for members, providers, and other stakeholders.</p></div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:15:12 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 34856 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org UPDATED! Promoting Access to Care and Coverage During a Public Health Crisis: COVID-19–Related Changes Affecting MassHealth, Health Connector, and Health Safety Net https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/promoting-access-health-care-and-coverage-during-public-health-crisis-covid-19%E2%80%93related <span>UPDATED! Promoting Access to Care and Coverage During a Public Health Crisis: COVID-19–Related Changes Affecting MassHealth, Health Connector, and Health Safety Net</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/6801" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">SSimhadhri</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/14/2022 - 20:03</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-thumbnail field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2020-09/COVID-19_policy_changes_Jun20_thumb%20%28002%29.jpg" width="133" height="103" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-06-14T12:00:00Z">June 14, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Massachusetts, with support from the federal government, has implemented several policy and programmatic changes intended to promote continued access to health care services and health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This table serves as a centralized resource that documents and describes the policy, regulatory, and administrative actions pertaining to MassHealth, Health Connector programs, and the Health Safety Net. This resource is intended to be used by advocates, enrollment assisters, and other stakeholders to assist consumers in identifying options to protect their access to coverage and health care services. Since policies and programs are changing frequently in the current environment, this resource will be regularly updated.</p> <p><strong><em>Stay up to date on changes to this resource by signing up for our </em><em><a href="/email-signup">email list</a>.</em></strong></p> </div> Tue, 14 Jun 2022 20:03:07 +0000 SSimhadhri 19556 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org Structural Racism and Racial Inequities in Health: Summary of Focus Group Key Themes and Findings https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/structural-racism-and-racial-inequities-health-summary-focus-group-key-themes-and-0 <span>Structural Racism and Racial Inequities in Health: Summary of Focus Group Key Themes and Findings</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/17/2022 - 20:15</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-thumbnail field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2022-05/FocusGroupSummary_HealthEquity_THUMB.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="focus group thumb" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-05-17T12:00:00Z">May 17, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Foundation has <a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/about-us">committed</a> to base its work in the structural racism and racial inequities in health focus area on issues raised by the communities and community members experiencing racism and health inequities. To that end, the Foundation partnered with established community-based organizations across the state to convene focus groups featuring the perspectives of community members on how racism impacts health and access to health care services. A total of seven focus groups, organized geographically, were held virtually. At each focus group, a total of eight to ten individuals participated, representing three to four organizations in each region. Focus group participants were selected based on the alignment of their organization’s work with the Foundation’s mission and focus areas.</p> <p>The key themes that emerged related to two forms of racism: (1) racial bias in clinical care, which plays a key role in poor health outcomes for individuals and communities of color and (2) the policies and practices of health care systems and the legal and regulatory climate. The report summarizes those themes and presents recommendations, which include guidance for the types of programs and services that need support in communities, direction for the Foundation’s policy work, and considerations for grantmaking programs and processes.</p> </div> Tue, 17 May 2022 20:15:21 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 34746 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org BCBSMA Foundation Report Warns of Coverage Losses After Federal Lifting of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/press/bcbsma-foundation-report-warns-coverage-losses-after-federal-lifting-covid-19-public-health <span>BCBSMA Foundation Report Warns of Coverage Losses After Federal Lifting of COVID-19 Public Health Emergency</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/28/2022 - 18:44</span> <div class="field field--name-field-press-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-04-28T12:00:00Z">Thursday, April 28, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>BOSTON (April 28, 2022) </strong>– The <a href="http://bluecrossmafoundation.org/">Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation</a> released a <a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2022-04/ContinuousCoverage_IssueBrief_Apr22_FINAL.pdf">report</a> today outlining key strategies for maintaining Medicaid coverage when the federal government ends the COVID-19 public health emergency, a regulatory transition that will put many eligible individuals at risk of becoming uninsured.</p> <p>States received enhanced Medicaid funding through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the first federal stimulus package passed by Congress in 2020 as the pandemic emerged.  As a condition of the increased funding, states agreed to maintain continuous coverage for Medicaid members – even if circumstances affected their eligibility – for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency.</p> <p>With the pandemic now abating, the COVID-19 public health emergency is slated to end in July.  At that point, Massachusetts’s Medicaid program, MassHealth, will resume updating members’ eligibility through its usual redetermination process.  There are concerns that some members’ eligibility will not be verifiable while others may become newly eligible for Health Connector coverage but not successfully enroll.  The risk of coverage loss is especially acute for individuals who are homeless or have unstable housing, and others who have experienced changes in their employment, income and housing during the pandemic – social factors experienced disproportionately by people of color.</p> <p>“We see potential for coverage loss that would only worsen the health inequities that became painfully apparent during the pandemic,” said Audrey Shelto, President and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.  “Massachusetts has laid out a strong plan to minimize the risk of coverage loss during this transition; we encourage Massachusetts and other states to use every tool at their disposal to ensure that individuals who remain eligible for Medicaid stay covered and maintain access to needed health care.”</p> <p>The Foundation’s report notes that redeterminations have always been a source of coverage loss for some Medicaid members nationally, including here in Massachusetts, in part because of administrative challenges in contacting individuals or ensuring they receive their paperwork.  Prior to the public health emergency, an estimated 1 in 10 Medicaid members nationally experienced coverage gaps – often called “churn” – that limited their access to preventive and primary care.</p> <p>MassHealth has already taken steps to increase outreach to members and work with community-based organizations and Medicaid managed care plans to underscore the importance of updating eligibility information and expediting data requests related to redeterminations.</p> <p>The report recommends additional steps that MassHealth should consider to help maintain coverage for eligible individuals, including:</p> <ul><li>Processing pending redeterminations over a 12-month “unwinding” period permitted by the federal government, to spread out the workload and provide extra time to reach members.</li> <li>Proactively addressing returned mail by increasing efforts to get updated contact information, before coverage is terminated.</li> <li>Implementing a text messaging strategy to send reminders to members to respond to information requests.  Similar to many other states, MassHealth is working toward, but has not yet implemented, a text messaging strategy.</li> <li>Issuing clear guidance to Medicaid managed care plans and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to set expectations for the renewal process, including outreach to individuals.</li> <li>Maintaining strong oversight and monitoring data, while providing regular updates on the redetermination process to community-based organizations, health plans and the public.</li> <li>Ensuring a smooth transition to the Health Connector, the state’s health insurance marketplace, for those no longer eligible for MassHealth coverage.</li> </ul><p>“The federal enhanced funding resulted in significant coverage gains and much-needed health care stability not only in Massachusetts but in Medicaid programs nationally during the pandemic,” Shelto said.  “It is critical to protect those coverage gains as we transition to a new phase after the public health emergency is technically over.”</p> <p>The report, titled “The End of the Federal Continuous Coverage Requirement in MassHealth: Key Strategies for Reducing Covering Loss,” was commissioned by the Foundation’s Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute and produced by Manatt Health.  The report is available online at the following link: <a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/end-federal-continuous-coverage-requirement-masshealth-key-strategies-reducing-coverage"><em>https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/end-federal-continuous-coverage-requirement-masshealth-key-strategies-reducing-coverage</em></a></p> <p><strong>About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation</strong></p> <p>The mission of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is to ensure equitable access to health care for all those in the Commonwealth who are economically, racially, culturally or socially marginalized.  The Foundation was established in 2001 with an initial endowment from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  It operates separately from the company and is governed by its own Board of Directors.  For more information, visit <a href="http://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org">www.bluecrossmafoundation.org</a>.</p> <p class="text-align-center">###</p> </div> Thu, 28 Apr 2022 18:44:09 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 34731 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org The End of the Federal Continuous Coverage Requirement in MassHealth: Key Strategies for Reducing Coverage Loss https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/end-federal-continuous-coverage-requirement-masshealth-key-strategies-reducing-coverage <span>The End of the Federal Continuous Coverage Requirement in MassHealth: Key Strategies for Reducing Coverage Loss</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/27/2022 - 20:10</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-thumbnail field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2022-04/ContinuousCove_IssueBrief_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="MOE thumb" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-04-28T12:00:00Z">April 28, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This issue brief aims to educate stakeholders and policymakers about an upcoming federal policy change that could impact coverage for many MassHealth members.  Like all states, Massachusetts received enhanced federal Medicaid funding under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the first major federal stimulus package passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 crisis in 2020. As a condition of receiving these funds, Massachusetts is required to maintain continuous coverage in MassHealth during the federal COVID-19 public health emergency. When the continuous coverage requirement expires at the end of the month in which the public health emergency ends – which is currently slated for July 14, 2022 – MassHealth will resume its standard renewal, or “redetermination,” processes. As MassHealth begins to redetermine eligibility for a considerable volume of its members, there is a high risk that some individu­als who remain eligible will experience a loss in coverage. This brief includes a summary of MassHealth’s eligibility and enrollment approach for when it resumes normal eligibility and redetermination processes and describes additional strategies that MassHealth and other stakeholders can take to ensure that people who remain eligible stay covered.</p></div> Wed, 27 Apr 2022 20:10:34 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 34726 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org Expanded Coverage and Savings: Effects in Massachusetts of Extending the American Rescue Plan Act's Enhanced Marketplace Subsidies https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/expanded-coverage-and-savings-effects-massachusetts-extending-american-rescue-plan-acts <span>Expanded Coverage and Savings: Effects in Massachusetts of Extending the American Rescue Plan Act&#039;s Enhanced Marketplace Subsidies</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/23/2022 - 17:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-thumbnail field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2022-03/Extending_ARPA_Mktplc_Subs_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="ARPA impact thumb" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-03-24T12:00:00Z">March 24, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This report provides an analysis of the impacts of the enhanced premium subsidies for purchasing health insurance through the Marketplace, or Health Connector in Massachusetts, that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) <em>temporarily</em> authorized through 2022. While Massachusetts already provided additional state-based financial assistance to many marketplace enrollees prior to ARPA, ARPA enhanced subsidies for some individuals and introduced a new cap on the amount anyone purchasing through the Marketplace has to pay in premiums, effectively expanding eligibility for subsidies to purchase health insurance.</p> <p>The Build Back Better Act that passed the House of Representatives and is currently stalled in the Senate would extend these subsidies through 2025. In this brief, we evaluate the coverage and cost effects of extending the enhanced subsidies in Massachusetts in 2023. The estimates suggest that, if extended, the enhanced subsidies would:</p> <ul><li>reduce the number of people who are uninsured in Massachusetts by 8,000 people;</li> <li>reduce household spending on premiums for people who purchase subsidized coverage through the Health Connector; and</li> <li>save the state an estimated $133 million in spending on ConnectorCare subsidies in 2023.</li> </ul><p>The report provides a more detailed look at each of these effects and is intended to be a resource for health care advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders to understand the impact of these subsidies expiring.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-related-items field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Related Items</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/publication/health-care-arpa-bill-selected-highlights-chapter-102-acts-2021" hreflang="en">Health Care in the ARPA Bill: Selected Highlights from Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 23 Mar 2022 17:25:00 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 34621 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org Health Care in the ARPA Bill: Selected Highlights from Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021 https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/health-care-arpa-bill-selected-highlights-chapter-102-acts-2021 <span>Health Care in the ARPA Bill: Selected Highlights from Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/23/2022 - 17:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-thumbnail field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/g/files/csphws2101/files/2022-03/ARPA_Bill_report_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="arpa bill summary thumb" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2022-03-24T12:00:00Z">March 24, 2022</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In December 2021, Governor Baker signed Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021 into law. This legislation, often referred to as the “ARPA bill,” appropriates close to $4 billion, including $2.55 billion in funding directly from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA was passed in March 2021 to provide money to states to start recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chapter 102 invests money from ARPA in many areas, including housing, infrastructure, education, and economic development. Health services received $950 million in the law, with funding for physical health, behavioral health, long-term care services, and public health initiatives. This issue brief summarizes the key components of Chapter 102 that will affect health and health care in Massachusetts.</p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-related-items field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Related Items</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/publication/expanded-coverage-and-savings-effects-massachusetts-extending-american-rescue-plan-acts" hreflang="en">Expanded Coverage and Savings: Effects in Massachusetts of Extending the American Rescue Plan Act&#039;s Enhanced Marketplace Subsidies</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 23 Mar 2022 17:00:41 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 34616 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org