Earlier today MassHealth announced their return to a 45-day redetermination cycle for Eligibility Review Verification forms. In mid-December of 2008, this return time was shortened to 30 days as a cost-saving measure for the state. As part of the federal stimulus package, the state is receiving increased federal match money for our Medicaid program (FMAP). Since these funds are contingent on the state meeting maintenance of effort requirements, the state is moving back to a 45-day cycle. All households selected for annual review on or after March 30, 2009 for any public program will have 45 days to complete and return the form.
Advocates across the state had been concerned that 30 days was not sufficient time for many individuals to return their forms, and we thank the Governor, Secretary Bigby, and your staffs for this change.