Alliance Submits Comments on Rate Cut Study Bill

In response to MassHealth’s 20 percent rate cut to skilled nursing visits past 60 days of care – administered as part of the Governor’s 9c cuts –  the Alliance filed legislation that would instruct the Executive Office of Health & Human Services to study the issue and then would establish a special commission to review those findings.

At a public hearing in front of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on Wednesday, June 24, the Alliance submitted written testimony in support of this legislative priority, titled House Bill 1072, An Act Ordering a Study of Home Health Service Rate Cuts.  The Alliance also enclosed letters from State Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry and State Representative Christine Canavan written to the Division of Health Care Finance & Policy in late January when they held a public hearing on the rate cut, which took effect on December 1, 2008.

The bill was filed by State Representative Sean Garballey, who offered remarks at the recent public hearing. Rep. Garballey also circulated a sign on letter in opposition to the cuts, which was signed by 18 fellow legislators, and sent to Governor Deval Patrick.

To see the Alliance’s testimony on House Bill 1072, click here.

To learn more about the Alliance’s legislative priorities, please contact us or visit our News & Advocacy page.

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