Official Title: MassHealth CommonHealth
- Funding History
- Expert Commentary
MassHealth CommonHealth covers children and adults with disabilities with incomes that are too high to qualify for MassHealth Standard.
Children with disabilities and with incomes above 150 percent of the federal poverty level may be eligible for CommonHealth. They can either pay a premium on a sliding scale and receive direct coverage similar to MassHealth Standard, or they can enroll in private insurance, such as a parent’s employer-sponsored plan, and use CommonHealth as supplemental insurance to pay for additional services not covered by the private plan.
Note that MassHealth policy changes sometimes result in program and funding shifts among MassHealth line items in the state budget. For this reason, use caution when comparing these line items from year to year.
Updated, March 2015
According to a national survey (NS-CSHCN 2009/10), 34.3% of families raising children with special health care needs report their insurance is inadequate. Medicaid buy-in programs are particularly important for underinsured children, because they allow families to purchase Medicaid benefits specifically to cover services that are either not covered at all or are covered inadequately by employer-sponsored insurance plans. In addition to promoting more comprehensive health care coverage, Medicaid buy-in programs allow parents to continue to work and maintain earnings and employer-sponsored private coverage.
Bachman, S., et al. State Health Care Financing Strategies for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Vol. 50, No. 3. June 2012.
- Early Ed & Care
- Early Ed Access
- Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative
- Early Education and Care Provider Rate Increase
- Income Eligible Child Care (Child Care Access)
- Income Eligible Wait List
- Supportive and TANF Childcare
- TANF Related Child Care
- Tax Break for Child and Dependent Care Costs
- Tax Break for Daycare Expenses
- Tax Break for Dependent Under 12
- Early Ed Administration
- Quality & Targeted Programs
- Early Ed Access
- Public Health Care Access
- Maternal & Early Childhood Health
- Mental Health
- Prevention & Wellness
- Violence Treatment & Prevention
- Human Services
- Common Threads