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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1699         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1229


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Elizabeth A. Malia


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 relative to behavioral health emergency services.






Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk

Jennifer L. Flanagan


James B. Eldridge


Denise Provost

27th Middlesex

Angelo M. Scaccia

14th Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

James J. O'Day

14th Worcester

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1699        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1229

By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1229) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others relative to the rates charged by Medicaid managed organizations for behavioral health emergency services.  Health Care Financing. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act relative to behavioral health emergency services.

              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.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the so-called Medicaid managed care organizations and any entity with whom they contract to manage behavioral health benefits for MassHealth members, shall pay to organizations providing emergency services on behalf of the commonwealth through contracts with the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, the same rates for adult emergency and crisis services that the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership paid for emergency services as of January 1, 2010 in the following settings:  hospital-based; community-based; mobile response; and community crisis stabilization.

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