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Massachusetts Law About Medicaid (MassHealth)

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MassHealth, Mass. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes an overview of the program, information for recipients and providers, how to apply, and links to regulations.

MassHealth Advocacy Guide, Mass. Law Reform Institute, 2012. Online version of the popular book includes detailed guidance on eligibility, covered services and appeals.

Medicaid, US Dept. of Health and Human Services. Includes general information, enrollment and coverage, and more.

Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.118E. Division of Medical Assistance

Massachusetts Regulations

130 CMR 501-610, MassHealth Regulations

Federal Laws

42 USC 1396 et seq. Medical Assistance Programs

Federal Regulations

42 CFR 430-456, US Medicaid Regulations.

Other Web Resources

Complete Guide to Medicaid & Nursing Home Costs: How to Keep Your Family Assets Protected - Up-to-Date Medicaid Secrets You Need to Know, Atlantic Publishing, 2008. Covers various asset protection strategies. Requires Library Card for access.

Deficit Reduction Act of 2005: Long-Term Care Eligibility Changes. Eligibility Operations Memo 06-13, MassHealth, November 15, 2006. "Effective for transfers occurring on or after February 8, 2006, the look back period for a transfer of resources for less than fair-market value changed from 36 months to 60 months." Memo provides examples of the law's application.

The Legal Responsibility of Adult Children to Care for Indigent Parents, National Center for Policy Analysis. "State filial responsibility statutes, in the absence of a uniform federal statute, could require contributions or installment payments from children to support the growing number of indigent elderly." See also, Massachusetts' filial responsibility law, Chapter 273, section 20.

Member Booklet for health care and help paying costs, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, January, 2014. Includes how to get MassHealth, details about coverage and more.

Medicaid Application Process in MA (MassHealth), Forum for Massachusetts Law. Provides "a checklist of necessary documentation" to gather when beginning the process of applying for MassHealth.

Taking Care of Your Future: A Legal Checkup, Chapter 3: Medicaid. Mass. Bar Association, 2012. Chapter 3 of this 70-page guide covers Medicaid for elders.

Print Sources

Fundamentals of Elder Law Practice, Suffolk University Law School, Center for Advanced Legal Studies, c2008.

Long-term care asset protection planning, Massachusetts Bar Institute, 2008.

Massachusetts Elder Law, LexisNexis Matthew Bender, 2008.

Maximizing Community Benefits, Suffolk University Advanced Legal Studies, Center for CLE & Academic Conferences, 2009.

Medicare and Medicaid Claims and Procedures, 4th ed.  West, 2005 with supplement.

Preserving and Transferring Your Client's Principal Residence, MCLE, 2008. Also available on Audio CD.