5145.0 Massachusetts Health Reform: A perspective from the ground

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 12:30 PM
In 2006, Massachusetts passed comprehensive health reform legislation which aimed to cover 95% of its uninsured population over the course of three years. After the rapid creation of new subsidized and nonsubsidized health insurance coverage programs, market reforms, and employer requirements, the state has been able to cover a significant portion of individuals who were previously uninsured. Additionally, implementation began of the nation's first individual mandate, requiring residents to have health insurance if it is affordable for them. This session will analyze the implementation progress which has been made through both policy and programmatic lenses, and review sustainability as we deal with issues relating to reaching newly eligible uninsured populations, coverage maintenance, cost, and overall public perception of the health reform law. Additionally, we will discuss lessons that advocates from other states can utilize in their own quests for comprehensive and universal health care coverage.
Session Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: Articulate Massachusetts’ original goals with its Health Reform legislation; Compare those original goals with current Massachusetts’ health insurance enrollment and coverage results; and Assess the applicability of Massachusetts’ policies to other state or federal universal health insurance legislations.

12:30 PM
Massachusetts Health Reform: 2 Years Later
Lindsey Tucker, MS, Kate Bicego, BA, Brian Rosman and Jennifer Chow, BS
1:15 PM
Massachusetts' experiment with individual mandate, universal health insurance: An overview
Roxanne Reddington-Wilde, PhD, Anne B. Rosen, M A, Kate Bicego, BA, Meg Kroeplin and Lindsey Tucker, MS

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Organized by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development
Endorsed by: Women's Caucus