Section 65

Section 65 Health Connector Enrollment Outreach

Chapter 176Q of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 8 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 8. (a) The connector shall enter into interagency agreements with the department of revenue, the executive office of health and human services, the department of public health, the executive office of labor and workforce development, the registry of motor vehicles, the department of correction, the center for health information and analysis and any other state agencies, departments, divisions, commissions, authorities or political subdivisions. The agreements shall authorize foregoing agencies, departments, divisions, commissions, authorities and political subdivisions to furnish information, including personal data as defined in chapter 66A, that is necessary for the connector to perform its duties under this chapter, including the determination of an individual's eligibility for federal advanced premium tax credits and federal point-of-service cost-sharing reductions and adjudication of appeals arising from such determinations. Such written agreements shall include provisions permitting the department of revenue to furnish the data available under the wage reporting system established under section 3 of chapter 62E. The department of revenue may furnish the connector with information on the cases of persons so identified, including, but not limited to, name, social security number and other data to ensure positive identification, name and identification number of employer, and amount of wages and gross income received from all sources. Except as described in subsection (b), the connector shall not otherwise utilize any of the data received from the department of revenue for any solicitations or advertising.

(b) In order to reduce the incidence of uninsurance in the commonwealth, the department of revenue shall, at the request and with the consent of a taxpayer on the taxpayer's personal income tax return, provide the connector with information from the taxpayer's personal income tax return in order for the connector to assess eligibility for health coverage options offered through the connector. The connector, upon evaluating such eligibility, shall contact individuals about the health coverage options that may be available to them through the connector. Any interagency agreement between the connector and the department of revenue shall specify the operational requirements necessary to implement this subsection.

(c) The connector may receive and use any information provided pursuant to section 23 of chapter 118E as necessary for the connector to perform the duties under this chapter, including the determination of an individual's eligibility for federal advanced premium tax credits and federal point-of-service cost-sharing reductions and adjudication of appeals arising from such determinations.

Summary

This section authorizes DOR, with a taxpayer's consent, to share information with the Health Connector for the purpose of conducting targeted outreach to uninsured residents who check a box indicating they would like to be contacted for help enrolling in coverage.