Tomorrow, 10/31, the MA House Joint Committee on Health Care Financing will approve its version of health care reform. Here’s the Globe’s preview. (Expect a lot of "trick or treat", "scary" clichÃ©s from the press and lobbyists. Yuk yuk.) We’ll have more on this tonight and going forward — there’s a lot of good, some bad, some practical, and some improbable.
I hate pdf’s because they require opening another program, and they don’t really seem "interactive" enough for blogging, so I’m just cutting and pasting the entire text of their "highlights". Here’s the pdf if you insist.
A) MassHealth Expansion
The bill expands MassHealth coverage for children, parents and childless adults. Currently, children in families up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) are eligible for MassHealth. The bill increases eligibility to children in families earning up to 300% FPL ($38,500/yr for a family of 2). MassHealth coverage for parents would be expanded from 133% FPL to 200% FPL ($32,200/yr for a family of 3).
This bill also provides MassHealth coverage for all childless adults up to 100% FPL ($9,600/yr). Currently, the majority of childless adults are not eligible for Medicaid at any income level, unless eligible because of circumstances such as disability or long-term unemployment.