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MassHealth MATCH Program FAQ

Commonly asked questions and answers regarding the MassHealth MATCH program.

Table of Contents

General

  • Why is the MATCH program ending?
    • The MATCH program is funded by federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA funds are considered emergency funding and were delivered to states as a one-time, single payment. As such, the MATCH program was designed to run for a limited time, until March 2025 OR until funds run out.
  • How long do I have to submit my application?
    • Due to high demand for the program and limited remaining funds, the last day to begin new applications for the MATCH program in the MATCH portal was May 10, 2024 at 6pm.
    • New applications are no longer being accepted.
    • All applications that are initiated by May 10, 2024 must be completed and submitted in the MATCH portal no later than July 12, 2024 at 6pm.   
  • If my application is submitted on time, am I guaranteed to receive MATCH funding?
    • MassHealth will review and approve applications on a first-come-first-served basis.
    • MassHealth will process completed applications on an ongoing basis until funding runs out.
  • How can I get more information about the MATCH program?

MATCH Eligible Costs

  • What costs are eligible under the MATCH program?
  • Does the $5,500 maximum apply to all requested items?
    • Yes, the total of all items requested through the MATCH program cannot exceed $5,500 for each eligible member.
  • Is a married couple eligible for $5,500 each in MATCH assistance?
    • Each MATCH eligible MassHealth member can get up to $5,500. If the married couple includes two eligible MassHealth members, then they would be eligible for $5,500 each or $11,000 total.
  • If the member finds housing through a broker, can MATCH pay the broker fee?
    • Yes. Broker fees are considered an eligible MATCH expense.
  • Can MATCH funds be used to purchase items not listed here?
    • Only those items listed are eligible under the MATCH program. No additional items are allowable.
  • Can MATCH assistance be used to provide gift cards?
    • No. MATCH funds cannot be used to fund gift cards.
  • Can MATCH assistance be used to reimburse a MassHealth member for costs already incurred if those costs are listed as eligible?
    • No. MATCH funds cannot be provided directly to the member and therefore cannot be used to reimburse a member for costs already incurred.
  • When providing first month’s rent or a security deposit through MATCH to a landlord/owner, is there anything the landlord will have to do to accept the funds?
    • The landlord/owner will have to provide information so that an Electronic Funds Transfer payment or check can be issued to them on behalf of the eligible member.
Date published: December 8, 2022
Last updated: May 13, 2024

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