MassHealth Family Assistance

  • Description
  • Funding History
  • Proposals

The MassHealth Family Assistance program provides health insurance coverage for children with family incomes to 300 percent of the federal poverty level and young adults (ages 19-20) up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level who are not eligible for MassHealth Standard.

Generally, children are eligible for the MassHealth Family Assistance plan if they have family incomes above 150 percent of the federal poverty level and up to 300 percent. If the family has other health insurance, the program may pay part of the premium costs. If the family does not have private insurance, children enroll directly in a MassHealth plan, usually a managed care plan, and pay a sliding scale premium charge based on income. Coverage is not quite as comprehensive as MassHealth Standard.

Family Assistance is also available for some low-income adults, as well as some people with HIV.

MassHealth policy changes sometimes result in program and funding shifts among MassHealth line items in the state budget. Use caution when comparing these line items from year to year.

Updated, March 2015

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