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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 119        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 502


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Harriette L. Chandler


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to establish criteria for Masshealth hardship waivers.






Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Gale D. Candaras

First Hampden and Hampshire

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

James M. Murphy

4th Norfolk

John V. Fernandes

10th Worcester

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

SENATE DOCKET, NO. 119        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 502

By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 502) of Harriette L. Chandler, Kay Khan, Gale D. Candaras, Cory Atkins and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish criteria for Masshealth hardship waivers.  Health Care Financing. 


SEE SENATE, NO. 490 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act to establish criteria for Masshealth hardship waivers.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1:  Section 28 of chapter 118E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following sections:

              In accordance with P.L. 109-171 amending Section 1917(c)(2)(D) of the Social Security Act, the division shall establish criteria and procedures for determining whether undue hardship exists as a result of the imposition of a period of ineligibility, which shall include written notice to said individual that an undue hardship exception exists, a timely process for determining whether an undue hardship waiver shall be granted and an opportunity to appeal.  An individual shall have no fewer than 30 days after the date of the final decision including court appeals to impose a period of ineligibility to request an undue hardship waiver.

              There shall be a rebuttable presumption that an institutionalized individual is eligible for an undue hardship waiver if the individual provides documentation that all of the following criteria are met:

              1)  the individual has insufficient available resources (excluding the community spouse resource allowance) to provide medical care,  food, shelter, clothing and other necessities of life such that the individual would be at risk of serious deprivation or harm;

              2)  the individual has made reasonable attempts to retrieve the transferred resources or receive adequate compensation.  Reasonable attempts shall not include the filing of frivolous lawsuits; 

              3)  there is no available less costly alternative to institutional care that would meet the individual’s care needs; and

              4)  the period of ineligibility will not be a mere inconvenience to the applicant but rather will create a situation that would subject  the applicant to risk of  serious deprivation. A nursing facility does not have to express an intent to discharge the individual for nonpayment in order for a hardship waiver to be granted.

              The division shall promulgate regulations incorporating these criteria for consideration of an undue hardship waiver request.

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