MassHealth is the Medicaid program in Massachusetts. It’s important to know that there are many different coverage types of MassHealth. Some examples you may have hear of are MassHealth Standard, CommonHealth, and Health Safety Net. Your coverage type affects your benefits, and can also affect areas such as Home Care program eligibility and co-pay levels.
Eligibility for MassHealth is determined using state and federal poverty guidelines. The MassHealth Program was specifically designed with children, parents, employees of small companies, the unemployed, pregnant women, the disabled, and the elderly in mind. The program also supports individuals who have been diagnosed with certain types of mental disorders, people who have been diagnosed as HIV-positive, cancer patients, and others in need of long-term care.
Eligibility for MassHealth is determined by a combination of factors, including age, household size, income, immigration status, and health needs. In general, however, you must be a resident of Massachusetts and have a low to medium income in order to be eligible.
The Aging Services Access Point in your area will assess your needs to decide what kind of services you require. If you are a current client or caregiver of a current client, please contact your case manager to request a Waiver screening.
If you are not currently receiving services through an Aging Services Access Point, contact Boston ElderINFO at 617-292-6211 to find out what services you may qualify for and to request a screening.
Covered waiver services may include the following. Note that services will only be authorized if BSHC staff determines that there is a clinical need for the services in question.
» Companion services
» Environmental accessibility adaptations
» Grocery shopping
» Home delivered meals
» Home health aide
» Housekeeping and chore services
» Personal care services
» Respite care
» Skilled nursing
» Supportive day program
» Transitional assistance