MassHealth recently made two announcements regarding upcoming changes in the delivery of health and long term services. A new Medicaid waiver is being provided to the Federal government. The new proposed waiver and a summary are both located here. This page also includes dates for stakeholder listening sessions located in Boston (6/24) and Fitchburg (6/27). If the link doesn’t work you can head to www.mass.gov/hhs/masshealth-innovations and choose 1115 Waiver Proposal information.
- 5920-2025 Day and employment —- to be filed by Senator Joan Lovely to increase funding by $10.5 million for line item
- 5920-2000 Community Residential —-to be filed by Senator Jennifer Flanagan to increase funding for $6.5 million for line item 5920-2000 Community Residential
We also want to thank Senators Barbara L’Italien, John Keenan, Michael Barrett, Pat Jehlen, Jason Lewis, and Michael Moore who have assisted us early in the process; as well as Senators Lovely and Flanagan. We will produce a full list of senators who supported our concerns after senate debate.
The Senate has begun the review process for their version of the FY’17 Budget with an expected release date of May 17th. Part of that effort involves The Arc and other providers working with Senators to advocate for budget line items that will benefit those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The final House version of the budget line items closely reflected the same amounts that were listed in the governor’s budget. The hope is to have additional increases especially in two line items DDS 5920-2000 (Community Residential) and DDS 5920-2025 (Day and Employment Services). One of the major concerns is the impact of the 979 students who will turn 22. Without the additional funding, they may lose services and employment.
S1179 / H1932 passed through the Joint Committee on Public Health and is on its way! We have had great support this session for the medical and health professional training bill focusing in on the unique health care needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities including autism. This legislation provides a certification through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts using the Operation House Call training model. Thank you to our dedicated leaders at the state house, Senator Jason Lewis, Senator Barbara L’Italien, and Rep Carolyn Dykema for their insights and collaboration. The Arc is thankful for the support of our constituents, the Operation House Call families across Massachusetts and our Government Affairs Committee.