Massachusetts
Logo

Home

 Alabama
 Alaska
 Arizona
 Arkansas
 California
 Colorado
 Connecticut
 Delaware
 D.C.
 Florida
 Georgia
 Hawaii
 Idaho
 Illinois
 Indiana
 Iowa
 Kansas
 Kentucky
 Louisiana
 Maine
 Maryland
 Massachusetts
 Michigan
 Minnesota
 Mississippi
 Missouri
 Montana
 Nebraska
 New Hampshire
 New Jersey
 New Mexico
 New York
 Nevada
 N. Carolina
 N. Dakota
 Ohio
 Oklahoma
 Oregon
 Pennsylvania
 Rhode Island
 S. Carolina
 S. Dakota
 Tennessee
 Texas
 Utah
 Virginia
 Vermont
 Washington
 West Virginia
 Wisconsin
 Wyoming

Comprehensive Person-Centered State Work Incentive Initiatives:

A Resource Center for Developing & Implementing Medicaid Buy In Programs
and
Related Employment Initiatives for Persons with Disabilities


Massachusetts


I. Overview of a State’s Comprehensive Person-Centered Employment Initiatives

The goal of the CommonHealth Employment Connection (CHEC) is to assist people with disabilities in efforts to achieve their employment potential. CHEC strives to:

  1. Improve Access to Health Insurance and Health-Related Services
  2. Improve the Content and Quality of Health Services and Information
  3. Facilitate Communication and Coordination of Efforts Among Consumers and Families, Agencies, Front-line Workers, Advocates, Providers, and Employers.

A major goal is to improve accessibility and outreach for the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) MassHealth/CommonHealth Program, for eligible people with disabilities.

Link to CommonHealth Employment Connection home page:
http://www.masschec.org/index.cfm

II. What’s New and Persons to Contact

Jennifer Bowie Katz
Senior Project Director
MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant
Center for Health Policy & Research
University of Massachusetts Medical School
222 Maple Avenue - Higgins Building
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
Phone (voice): (508) 856-7856
Fax: (508) 856-4456
E-mail: jennifer.katz@umassmed.edu
Website: http://www.massmig.org


New:
Link to Fall 2003 Disability Issues Newsletter

III. Program Development - Past and Present

  • Executive Branch Leadership, Cross Disability Coalition Leadership and Interagency Working Groups
  • Initial Planning, Information Gathering and Program and Fiscal Estimates

 

IV. State Legislation - Adopted and Pending

 

V. Current State Policies and Program Descriptions

  • State Policies: State Plans, Regulations and Waiver Requests to Federal Agencies - Pending and Adopted Programs

    New:
    Link to description of CommonHealth program.
    A Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver program which includes a Medicaid Buy-In for persons with disabilities.
    http://www.masschec.org/Services/CommonHealth.cfm
  • Ensuring Informed Choice and Person - Centered Programs: Benefits Counseling, Work Force Investment Act Implementation and Related Educational Services

    See VI. Comprehensive Employment Initiatives
  • Descriptions for Consumers and Staff Training Activities

 

VI. Program Data and Impact

  • Medicaid Buy-In Data
  • Consumer Surveys and Evaluation Studies

 

VII. Comprehensive Employment Initiatives

The goal of the CommonHealth Employment Connection (CHEC) is to assist people with disabilities in efforts to achieve their employment potential. CHEC strives to:

  1. Improve Access to Health Insurance and Health-Related Services
  2. Improve the Content and Quality of Health Services and Information
  3. Facilitate Communication and Coordination of Efforts Among Consumers and Families, Agencies, Front-line Workers, Advocates, Providers, and Employers.

A major goal is to improve accessibility and outreach for the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) MassHealth/CommonHealth Program, for eligible people with disabilities.

Link to CommonHealth Employment Connection home page:
http://www.masschec.org/index.cfm


Link to List of Fact Sheets
http://www.masschec.org/Services/factsheets.cfm
Fact Sheets
Why Work is Beneficial to People with Disabilities
MassHeath Employment Centers
Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach: Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act of 1999
How to use the Ticket to Work
Hiring Manager's Resource Guide
Tax Incentives for Business: Overview
1. Small Business Tax Credit
2. Architectural/Transportation Tax Deduction: Barrier Removal
3. Work Opportunity Tax Credit
4. Employer resources

 


Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy and Center for Health Services Research and Policy at George Washington University

Supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with additional support provided by NIDRR of the US Department of Education through the RRTC on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy at the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa. (#H133B980042) 

Website created and maintained by the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. The opinions and analyses set out in the articles on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the US Department of Education, George Washington University or the University of Iowa.