Planning for Life

Senate to Poor, Disabled and Elderly: You're On Your Own

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on June 23, 2017

By Harry S. Margolis

The repeal Obamacare millipede has dropped its next foot with the Senate Republican "draft" bill released on Thursday, June 22nd, the so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act. In many millipede7.jpgways it's more draconian than the House's American Health Care Act (AHCA), especially with regard to Medicaid funding. Yet, it maintains much of the structure of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which has caused four Republican Senators -- Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Mike Lee -- to say they will not support it. A fifth, Dean Heller, has also come out against the bill due to its planned cuts in Medicaid, leaving its passage in its current form in doubt.

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Topics: Affordable Care Act, Medicaid

How Has the Affordable Care Act Changed Eligibility for MassHealth

Posted by Patricia C. D'Agostino on September 26, 2014

For those residing in nursing homes or over age 65, the MassHealth eligibility rules have not been changed by the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). However, it has created major differences for individuals who are disabled and under 65.

For disabled individuals under 65, there is still no asset limit for purposes of determining MassHealth eligibility. Income eligibility, however, is now based on a calculation known as Modified Adjusted Gross Income or MAGI. Some of the benefits are as follows:

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Topics: Affordable Care Act

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