The Massachusetts Approach: A New Way To Restructure State Health Insurance Markets And Public Programs

COMMENTARY Health Care Reform

The Massachusetts Approach: A New Way To Restructure State Health Insurance Markets And Public Programs

Nov 30th, 2006 1 min read

Commentary By

Nina Owcharenko

Former Director, Center for Health Policy Studies

Edmund F. Haislmaier

Senior Research Fellow

Abstract
In April 2006, Massachusetts enacted legislation to reorganize both its health insurance markets and a large portion of its health care subsidy system. In this paper we consider how the Massachusetts approach differs from most previous state health reform efforts, while also noting its antecedents. We examine the policy implications of the legislation's key elements and discuss how other states might consider altering the scope and specifics of those components. We conclude that both parts of the Massachusetts reform strategy merit consideration by other states and together hold promise for expanding coverage, particularly by addressing the problem of coverage discontinuity.

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First appeared in Health Affairs

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