New &amp; Updated https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/ en What is the Actual State Cost of MassHealth in State Fiscal Year 2022? https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/what-actual-state-cost-masshealth-state-fiscal-year-2022 <span>What is the Actual State Cost of MassHealth in State Fiscal Year 2022?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14131" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Maia.Brodyfield</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/10/2021 - 14:53</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/2021-11/IssueBrief_MassHealth-Cost_2022_Thumb_573x742.jpg" width="573" height="742" alt="cover of the What&#039;s the Actual Cost of MassHealth in State Fiscal Year 2022?" 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="2021-11-10T12:00:00Z">November 10, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>As a program that provides publicly-funded health benefits to more than 2 million low-income children and families, seniors and people living with disabilities in Massachusetts, it is not surprising that MassHealth accounts for a large share of the state’s budget.  However, a cursory review of the MassHealth budget can be misleading because it can obscure the billions of dollars in federal revenue that the program generates for the state. This brief looks beyond the budget totals to help stakeholders better understand the actual state cost of MassHealth by accounting for the state and federal partnership that finances this program.</p> <p>In state fiscal year (SFY) 2022, the state projects it will spend approximately $19.2 billion on MassHealth. This total (or “gross” amount) is approximately 36 percent of total estimated state spending for SFY 2022. However, because the federal government reimburses Massachusetts for more than half of its MassHealth spending, the state’s actual cost for MassHealth (“net of”—or minus—federal revenue) is $8.5 billion or 22 percent of the total state spending in SFY 2022. Fully understanding the actual state cost of MassHealth requires appreciating the details of the federal and other revenue sources that support this essential and comprehensive program.</p></div> Wed, 10 Nov 2021 14:53:56 +0000 Maia.Brodyfield 33951 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org With Focus on Health Equity, BCBSMA Foundation Announces Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership Class https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/press/focus-health-equity-bcbsma-foundation-announces-massachusetts-institute-community-health <span>With Focus on Health Equity, BCBSMA Foundation Announces Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership Class</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14131" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Maia.Brodyfield</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/25/2021 - 14:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-press-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-10-25T12:00:00Z">Monday, October 25, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-summary field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="text-align-center"><strong>With Focus on Health Equity, BCBSMA Foundation Announces Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership Class</strong></p> <p><strong>BOSTON (Oct. 25, 2021) </strong>– The <a href="http://bluecrossmafoundation.org/">Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation</a> today announced the <a>Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership </a>(MICHL) 2021-2022 class, a group of 16 diverse professionals who will advance their leadership capabilities and learn new practices and strategies designed to increase their personal impact and strengthen their organizations’ role in building a more equitable health care system.</p> <p>“MICHL is a vital tool for preparing our next generation of health care leaders,” said Audrey Shelto, president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.  “The program is designed to equip participants with the skills and knowledge that enable them to lead in key areas including addressing the inequities in our existing health care system.  We have seen many graduates go on to become leaders of their organizations and in their communities.”</p> <p>The experiential program brings together emerging leaders who currently direct or manage programs at a variety of health care organizations across Massachusetts for a series of classroom, peer-to-peer and professional learning opportunities.  Since 2014, the program has had a particular focus on structural racism and racial inequities in health care.</p> <p>“Our emphasis on structural racism will continue with the current cohort as we explore how the racial justice movement of 2020 and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have affected the lives of people of color who depend on the health care system, and made more visible the advantage of white people in accessing that system,” said Michael McCormack, director of the MICHL program.</p> <p>The MICHL participants, selected through an application process, include developing leaders from public health departments, community health centers, behavioral health providers, advocacy groups, hospitals, and academia.  The program began in 2005, features expert faculty with varied backgrounds, and counts more than 180 graduates who have advanced their careers and enhanced their effectiveness as leaders in community health.</p> <p>“I was part of the first cohort and MICHL came at just the right time in my career,” said Dr. Monica Bharel, who was medical director of the Barbara McInnis House at the time and later became commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  “The program allowed me the space to think about my goals and strengths.  It taught me concrete skills in many areas, such as communication and facilitative leadership, that I still use today.”</p> <p>MICHL is an 18-day educational program presented over the course of nine months, with some sessions presented virtually due to COVID-19 guidelines.  The Foundation underwrites the majority of costs associated with the program.</p> <p>The 2021-22 MICHL participants are:</p> <ul><li><strong>Theresa Alphonse</strong>, Program Manager, Community Partners &amp; Health Equity, Steward Health Care Network</li> <li><strong>Jasmine Bland</strong>, Manager, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission</li> <li><strong>Manuel Gonzalez</strong>, Director Payor Programs, Beth Israel Lahey Performance Network</li> <li><strong>Daniela Johnson</strong>, Director of Clinical Practice, Vinfen</li> <li><strong>Claudine Joseph</strong>, Program Coordinator, Center for Primary Care/Harvard Medical School</li> <li><strong>John Kane</strong>, Coordinator of Grants &amp; Strategic Partnerships, Boston Housing Authority</li> <li><strong>Anna Kaplan</strong>, Director of Epidemiology &amp; Data Services, Cambridge Health Alliance</li> <li><strong>Erica Marshall</strong>, Deputy Director, Division of Health Protection &amp; Promotions, Massachusetts Department of Public Health</li> <li><strong>Daphne Mazuz</strong>, Lead Technical Assistance Manager, Centering Healthcare Institute</li> <li><strong>Gina Patterson</strong>, Director of Boston Opportunity Systems, Boston Medical Center</li> <li><strong>Angelina Ramirez</strong>, Chief Executive Officer, Stavros Center for Independent Living</li> <li><strong>Sarimer Sanchez</strong>, Infectious Diseases Bureau Director, Boston Public Health Commission</li> <li><strong>Karen Schoenherr</strong>, Associate Director of Training &amp; Organizational Development, Planned Parenthood</li> <li><strong>Gary Sing</strong>, Director of Delivery System Investment &amp; Social Services Integration, Office of Payment and Care Delivery Innovation, MassHealth</li> <li><strong>Jaime Tirrell Hassey</strong>, Speech Language Pathologist, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center</li> <li><strong>Ayn Yeagle</strong>, Executive Director, Growing Places</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><em>For more information about MICHL, please visit:</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/programs/massachusetts-institute-community-health-leadership"><em>https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/programs/massachusetts-institute-community-health-leadership</em></a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation</strong></p> <p>The mission of the <a href="http://bluecrossmafoundation.org/">Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation</a> is to expand access to health care for low-income and vulnerable people in the Commonwealth.  The Foundation was founded 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.</p> <p class="text-align-center">###</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p> </p> <p> </p></div> Mon, 25 Oct 2021 14:36:46 +0000 Maia.Brodyfield 33946 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org Impact of the American Rescue Plan Act on the Massachusetts Health Care System https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/impact-american-rescue-plan-act-massachusetts-health-care-system <span>Impact of the American Rescue Plan Act on the Massachusetts Health Care System</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14131" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Maia.Brodyfield</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/20/2021 - 18:07</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/2021-10/ARPA_Impacts_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="Cover of the ARPA Impact report" 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="2021-10-21T12:00:00Z">October 21, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In response to the health and economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) in March 2021, which makes $1.9 trillion available to individuals, states and territories, counties, cities, community organizations, educational institutions, and other entities. Some funds are intended to shore up or even expand programs and agencies that have been depleted during the pandemic, while other funds are designated or available to create new programs. ARPA contains many health-related provisions, with particular focus on behavioral health services (inclusive of mental health and substance use care), the health care workforce, and programs that make health insurance coverage and health care available to more people. This summary focuses on the key components of ARPA that will affect health care in Massachusetts.</p></div> Wed, 20 Oct 2021 18:07:44 +0000 Maia.Brodyfield 33941 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org Value-Based Payment to Support Children’s Health and Wellness: Shifting the Focus from Short-Term to Life Course Impact https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/value-based-payment-support-childrens-health-and-wellness-shifting-focus-short-term <span>Value-Based Payment to Support Children’s Health and Wellness: Shifting the Focus from Short-Term to Life Course Impact</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14131" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Maia.Brodyfield</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/29/2021 - 13:00</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/2021-09/Value-Based-Pmt_Childrens-Health_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="Cover of the Value-Based Payment to Support Children&#039;s Health and Wellness" 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="2021-09-30T12:00:00Z">September 30, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Health care payers, providers, and policymakers are increasingly pursuing value-based payment (VBP) to improve the quality of care and population health while controlling rising health care costs. When implemented in Medicaid, VBP programs often include children and adults in the same model, though these models may not fully account for children’s distinct health needs.</p> <p>This report seeks to inform the work of Massachusetts policymakers and stakeholders to better incorporate children’s health needs and experiences within the payment models in the MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Program by examining lessons from states and providers throughout the country.  Based on the results of an environmental scan, including a review of peer-reviewed and gray literature and interviews with 18 subject matter experts, this report identifies and describes four main VBP approaches for delivering care to pediatric populations. The authors then synthesize key themes and lessons learned for successfully implementing VBP models for children. These findings suggest there is great opportunity for Massachusetts to serve as a leader in this field, and the report lays out a set of policy and program considerations to help Massachusetts design an approach to better serving children within and alongside the framework of the existing ACO Program. Ultimately, adapting VBP for pediatric populations requires recognition that pediatric VBP models should not be focused on short-term savings but rather on improving quality of care to support child health and long-term population health outcomes.</p></div> Wed, 29 Sep 2021 13:00:20 +0000 Maia.Brodyfield 33756 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org Opening the Door to Behavioral Health Open Access in Massachusetts https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/opening-door-behavioral-health-open-access-massachusetts <span>Opening the Door to Behavioral Health Open Access in Massachusetts</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Thu, 09/16/2021 - 19:06</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/2021-09/BH_Open_Access_thumbSM_0.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="updated 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="2021-09-22T12:00:00Z">September 22, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Addressing timely access to behavioral health care through the adoption of open access methods supports the well-being of people with behavioral health conditions, improves staff productivity, and increases financial stability for provider organizations. However, no study has previously documented the experience of provider organizations using this model in Massachusetts.</p> <p>The report identifies organizations that operate open access today and highlights the approaches that have been most successful. The report also pinpoints keys to success for organizations to consider in adopting an open access model and offers policy recommendations to promote the broader adoption of open access in the Massachusetts behavioral health care system.  The case studies provide detailed descriptions of each model, describe the successes and challenges of implementation, and indicate how COVID-19 has impacted operations.</p> </div> Thu, 16 Sep 2021 19:06:23 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 33751 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org SFY2021 Budget for MassHealth and Other Health Reform Programs https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/sfy2021-budget-masshealth-and-other-health-reform-programs <span>SFY2021 Budget for MassHealth and Other Health Reform Programs</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/10/2021 - 19:48</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/2021-08/GAA_2021_BudgetBrief_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="budget brief 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="2021-08-10T12:00:00Z">August 10, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This budget brief highlights the state fiscal year (SFY) 2021 budget – which ran from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 – for MassHealth and other health reform programs. The SFY21 budget was delayed by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic challenges and fiscal uncertainty. Included within the budget was $18.9 billion designated for health care coverage programs and related operational expenses. This brief provides an analysis of spending in the SFY2021 budget associated with MassHealth and other health care coverage and health reform activities, as well as a summary of new initiatives included in the SFY2021 budget that are expected to impact MassHealth program spending.</p></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/budget-briefs" hreflang="en">Budget Briefs</a></div> </div> </div> Tue, 10 Aug 2021 19:48:42 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 33741 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org A Focus on Impact: MassHealth and the BCBSMA Foundation https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/event/focus-impact-masshealth-and-bcbsma-foundation <span>A Focus on Impact: MassHealth and the BCBSMA Foundation</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-date field--type-smartdate field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-06-30T14:00:00+00:00">Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - 02:00</time> to <time datetime="2021-06-30T16:00:00+00:00">04:00pm</time> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/30/2021 - 17:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-event-summary field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><h2><br /> Event Recordings:</h2> <p><a href="https://youtu.be/VHi6YEeiWh4">Main Event</a> <br /><em>Includes: </em>Reflection on Past, Present, and Future of the Foundation; Presentation of Key findings from MassHealth Impacts Series; and Remarks by Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services<br /><a href="https://youtu.be/Oa32i8b_eEU">Breakout Session 1: MassHealth and the Behavioral Health System</a><br /><a href="https://youtu.be/5FWzF-Vrnhk">Breakout Session 2: MassHealth and Schools and School-Aged Children</a><br /><a href="https://youtu.be/fxXYvsodqes">Breakout Session 3: MassHealth and Justice-Involved People</a><br /><a href="https://youtu.be/HJeFzxoy9ng">Foundation 20th Anniversary Timeline</a></p> <h2><br /> Event Overview:</h2> <p>In 2001, when the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation was established, almost 7% of Massachusetts residents (or 500,000 individuals) had no health insurance. During this time, MassHealth coverage and benefits were also being scaled back and rates of uninsurance were growing. Because of a collective cross sector effort that included consumer advocates, providers, insurers, employers, and the work of the Foundation, Massachusetts created a model of near-universal coverage, with MassHealth serving as the anchor for these successful reforms.</p> <p>Fostering dialogue among stakeholders about MassHealth and promoting the development of effective policy solutions to address the challenges associated with this critical program and access to affordable coverage more broadly remains a key strategy in fulfilling the Foundation’s mission since its establishment. In 2021, the Foundation will continue to pursue solutions that create equitable access to coverage and eliminate barriers to care. </p> <p>On <strong>Wednesday, June 30</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> </strong>the Foundation hosted a virtual event in recognition of its 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary. We reflected on the past, present, and future of the Foundation with Foundation leadership including: our President and CEO, Audrey Shelto, and members of our Board of Directors - Andrew Dreyfus, President and CEO, BCBSMA and first President of the Foundation and Manny Lopes, President and CEO, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and current Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.</p> <p>Our colleagues at Manatt Health Strategies then shared findings from a <a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/masshealth-impact-series">series of issue briefs</a> commissioned by the Foundation’s Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute about the key role of MassHealth on the health and finances of its members, families, and communities, as well as on the wide variety of stakeholders and sectors outside of the traditional health care realm that benefit from the program. And we heard reflections about MassHealth’s role and future in these realms from state leaders including Marylou Sudders, Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services, providers, and consumers.</p> <p>Guests had the opportunity to choose between breakout sessions that focus on MassHealth’s impacts on:</p> <ul><li>the Commonwealth’s schools and school‐aged children, teens, and young adults;</li> <li>the behavioral health care system, addressing how MassHealth provides coverage, access, and delivery of services across the full behavioral health care continuum; and</li> <li>justice-involved persons, describing how MassHealth supports re-entry into the community</li> </ul></div> Wed, 30 Jun 2021 17:14:49 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 33506 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Report Details MassHealth’s Extensive Impact on Care, Coverage and Economy https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/press/blue-cross-blue-shield-massachusetts-foundation-report-details-masshealths-extensive-impact <span>Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Report Details MassHealth’s Extensive Impact on Care, Coverage and Economy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14131" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Maia.Brodyfield</span></span> <span>Mon, 06/21/2021 - 21:26</span> <div class="field field--name-field-press-publication-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2021-06-22T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 22, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-press-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p class="text-align-center"><strong>Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Report Details MassHealth’s Extensive Impact on Care, Coverage and Economy</strong></p> <p class="text-align-center"><span style="font-size:10pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><span style="color:black">Issue Brief Series Released Ahead of Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Event on June 30</span></span></i></span></span></p> <p><strong>BOSTON (June 22, 2021)</strong> – MassHealth, the cornerstone of health care coverage for more than 2 million people, contributes significantly to the state’s economic strength by drawing billions in federal funding, spurring widespread business activity and supporting a diverse workforce and their families, according to a new report from the <a href="https://bluecrossmafoundation.org/">Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation</a>.</p> <p>In its <em>MassHealth Impact Series</em>, a five-part analysis of the state’s Medicaid program, the Foundation notes that MassHealth brings in more than $8 billion annually in federal funding, an amount that is sevenfold larger than the next source of federal revenue, and that federal dollars cover nearly half the cost of the program.  The series of issue briefs also underscore that MassHealth is a critical source of coverage for the low-income workforce, and that the program becomes even more vital in downturns when more people lose their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage.</p> <p>“MassHealth has a massive impact on the Commonwealth’s economy and its families – more than many people realize,” said Audrey Shelto, President and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.  “As we have seen from the latest economic crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, MassHealth provides a social safety net for families who lose access to coverage and ensures continuity in their health care.”</p> <p>The Foundation will share findings from the <em>MassHealth Impact Series</em> during a virtual event on June 30 in recognition of the Foundation’s 20th anniversary.  Educating stakeholders and fostering dialogue about MassHealth has been a key strategy of the Foundation since its establishment in 2001 as the private, nonprofit organization that created the framework for the state’s health care reform law.</p> <p>Providers, MassHealth members, advocates and state leaders, including Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, will discuss MassHealth’s critical role in the state’s model of near-universal health coverage, improving educational outcomes for children, delivering behavioral health care services, and improving health outcomes and reducing recidivism among people involved in the justice system.  Speakers will also explore effective policy solutions for promoting equitable access to affordable care.</p> <p>The <em>MassHealth Impact Series </em>was authored by<em> </em>Manatt Health Strategies and commissioned by the Foundation’s Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute.  The complete issue brief series is available online at: <a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/masshealth-impact-series">https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/masshealth-impact-series</a>.</p> <p><a>To register for the Foundation’s 20th anniversary virtual event, </a><a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/event/focus-impact-masshealth-and-bcbsma-foundation">click here</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>About the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation</strong></p> <p>The mission of the <a href="https://bluecrossmafoundation.org/">Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation</a> is to expand access to health care for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families in the Commonwealth.  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.</p> <p class="text-align-center">###</p> </div> Mon, 21 Jun 2021 21:26:21 +0000 Maia.Brodyfield 33536 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org MassHealth Impact Series https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/publication/masshealth-impact-series <span>MassHealth Impact Series</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/14126" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Jessica.Gottsegen</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/09/2021 - 15:04</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/2021-06/MH_Impact_brief_thumb.jpg" width="155" height="200" alt="thumbnail" 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="2021-06-22T12:00:00Z">June 22, 2021</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This five-part series of issue briefs describes MassHealth’s impact on the health and finances of its members, families, and communities, as well as on the wide variety of stakeholders and sectors outside of the traditional health care realm that benefit from the program, including:</p> <ul><li>the Commonwealth’s schools and school‐aged children, teens, and young adults;</li> <li>the state’s economy and businesses, including how MassHealth supports working families, reduces uncompensated care costs, and draws federal funds into the state;</li> <li>the behavioral health care system, addressing how MassHealth provides coverage, access, and delivery of services across the full behavioral health care continuum; and</li> <li>justice-involved persons, describing how MassHealth supports re-entry into the community.</li> </ul><p><br /> Key findings from this series were featured at a Foundation virtual event on <strong>Wednesday, June 30<sup>th</sup> from 2:00-4:00 pm.</strong> <a href="https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org/event/focus-impact-masshealth-and-bcbsma-foundation" target="_blank">Click here</a> to view event materials.</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/focus-impact-masshealth-and-bcbsma-foundation" hreflang="en">A Focus on Impact: MassHealth and the BCBSMA Foundation</a></div> </div> </div> Wed, 09 Jun 2021 15:04:32 +0000 Jessica.Gottsegen 33526 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>Mon, 05/24/2021 - 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="2021-10-25T12:00:00Z">October 25, 2021</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> Mon, 24 May 2021 20:03:07 +0000 SSimhadhri 19556 at https://www.bluecrossmafoundation.org