State to boost MassHealth funding by $600M

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2021 | Medicaid/Medicare

Starting in 2022, the state of Massachusetts will increase reimbursements to community health centers associated with MassHealth by $600 million over the next five years.

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers says the new payment structure will help these facilities meet the high demand for medical, dental and behavioral health services across the state.

Increase lauded as a “game-changer”

Under the plan, increased reimbursement rates will provide an approximate $100 million economic infusion in 2022 for 33 community health centers. The rate increases include:

  • Medical and psychiatry: 33% minimum increase
  • Dental services: 65% increase
  • Behavioral health services: Rates doubled

On average, health centers will receive roughly $3.6 million more in yearly payments from MassHealth. The state will also include $3.1 million to support vaccine acceptance efforts for those disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Should you apply for MassHealth or Medicaid benefits?

MassHealth is the state-administered program that combines Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These programs greatly benefit many people. Applicants must meet basic requirements over residency, citizenship and financial status.

However, before you apply, it’s advisable to talk to an elder law and estate planning attorney to assess your situation. In many cases, individuals can keep their homes and savings while paying for the long-term care they need.

Many nursing homes encourage people to apply for MassHealth or Medicaid without comprehending the requirements and ramifications, which are usually not readily apparent. A knowledgeable lawyer understands the complexities involved in these situations and will protect your personal and financial well-being.