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Completed proposals are due no later than July 26, 2019. No exceptions will be made for proposals received after this time. See“How to apply” for instructions on how to start an online proposal.

Please click the button below to open a document with questions submitted by potential applicants and responses to those questions. Q&A will be updated weekly. Questions about the Grant Program will be accepted until July 19, 2019.


Frequently asked questions

What’s the purpose?
The Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP) is intended to help MassHealth qualifying providers improve access to healthcare for individuals with disabilities or for whom English is not a primary language, through the purchase of medical diagnostic equipment, effective communication devices, and other resources that help them better serve these populations. Grant awards can help to close the gap in access for people with disabilities or for whom English is not a primary language, who are historically less likely to get routine and preventative medical care.

Who is eligible?
Individual MassHealth providers and group practices are eligible to submit one grant application per PAIGP grant cycle for up to $25,000 (maximum one grant per Federal Tax Identification Number). Applicants must also:

  • Be currently enrolled as a MassHealth provider

  • Not be in a practice in a hospital setting or owned by a hospital or hospital system

  • Not be applying in their capacity as an employee of a hospital or hospital system

  • Hold an active license status with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine or Bureau of Health Professional Licensure

  • Employ fewer than 30 full-time employees (FTEs) per Federal Tax Identification Number

  • Provide services to MassHealth members in a setting that is located in the Commonwealth; and at a provider service location that is not shared with or owned by a hospital or hospital system, unless such provider service location was acquired or leased from the hospital system in an arm’s length transaction for fair market value

  • Commit to invest an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the award requested in the PAIGP application

  • Attest that funding awarded under the PAIGP is not duplicative of funds from other public sources (e.g. federal, state, local)

  • Attest that the provider has no known actual or potential conflicts of interest

What is the funding amount?
Grants of up to $25,000 will be made for this grant cycle ending December 31, 2019. Applicants must commit to invest an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the award requested in the PAIGP application.

What kind of equipment or resources can be applied for?
Potential PAIGP-funded investments that improve access to care for people with disabilities or for whom English is not a primary language includes examination equipment, accessible communication assistance equipment, and other resources that facilitate the treatment of these populations. Specific examples of such equipment include examination tables and chairs for different medical settings, sling lifts, assistive listening devices, screen reader software, and translation aid devices and software. See Attachment #3 “Examples of Potential Grant Funded Investments” in the righthand column for additional examples.

When is the proposal deadline?
Completed online proposals are due no later than July 26, 2019 at 11:59pm. No exceptions will be made for proposals received after this time.

How will proposals be reviewed?
Applications will be reviewed by the managing vendor, Health Resources in Action (HRiA), for compliance with submission requirements and evaluated qualitatively by a committee of subject matter experts based on the proposals’ ability to improve accessibility to health care for MassHealth members with disabilities or for whom English is not a primary language, or both. Final selection will be subject to EOHHS approval.

How can I learn more?
Download the Request for Proposals which includes full requirements and additional information, and sign up below to receive occasional updates on PAIGP, including upcoming webinar opportunities.

Who is funding and managing the Grant Program?
The awards will be funded using expenditure authority established in MassHealth’s Section 1115 Demonstration.  The Demonstration authorizes spending on eight specific statewide investments as part of the broader Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP).  One of the statewide investments authorizes spending to support provider investments to improve accessibility to health care services for individuals with disabilities or for whom English is not a primary language and is a part of EOHHS’ ongoing efforts to improve access to care for MassHealth members. The Grant Program is implemented and managed by Health Resources in Action.