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Outside Section 89
Data Current as of:  8/9/2016

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices

SECTION 89.   Section 10H of chapter 118E of the General Laws, inserted by section 25 of chapter 226 of the acts of 2014, is hereby amended by inserting after the word "tablets", in line 11, the following words:- ; provided, however, that the division shall also provide coverage for augmentative and alternative communication devices not eligible for federal funds if the total cost incurred by the division for a device that is not eligible for federal funds is not more than the commonwealth's share of a comparable device that is eligible for federal funds.

Veto Explanation:
I am vetoing this section because, while MassHealth currently supports a robust program to assist members with a severe expressive communication impairment, including coverage of services and medically necessary AAC devices that are federally reimbursable, MassHealth should not cover non-medical services and benefits.