All Publications

March 18, 2015

Megan Burns and Michael Bailit of Bailit Health Purchasing, LLC, provide a comprehensive review of payment reform in Massachusetts and, in particular, how the changing landscape is affecting safety-net providers. For this report, safety-net providers—those providers characterized by serving a high percentage of Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured individuals—includes both community health centers and hospitals.

February 5, 2015

This report, written by Robert Seifert, Michael Grenier, and Jean Sullivan of the Center for Health Law and Economics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, summarizes the history of the MassHealth 1115 waiver and examines the key components of the new waiver extension, organized around five themes: coverage, services, delivery redesign, support for the safety net, and looking to the future.

December 9, 2014

Responsible for the health care coverage of nearly two million residents and $13.7 billion in related expenditures, the future of MassHealth matters to all of us. This report, by Manatt Health Solutions, includes a series of recommendations that emerged through interviews with consumer advocates, providers, insurers, business leaders, public officials, and policy experts as priorities for the next governor.

November 18, 2014

This brief describes the "net" state cost of MassHealth (determined by subtracting the federal reimbursement and similar revenues from the budgeted total), providing a much clearer picture of the impact of MassHealth on the state budget than state budget totals alone. It is a supplement to a series of FY2015 budget briefs produced by MMPI in partnership with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

November 13, 2014

One Care is Massachusetts’ demonstration project for adults with disabilities between the ages of 21 and 64 who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. October 1, 2014 marked the first year anniversary of the demonstration, which is slated to run through December 31, 2016.

September 4, 2014

This budget brief highlights the FY2015 budget for MassHealth and other subsidized health coverage programs. It is the last in a series of FY2015 budget briefs produced by MMPI in partnership with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

September 2, 2014

This tracking tool provides a detailed description of key components of Chapter 224, highlighting the progress the state has made in its implementation of the law. This tool is designed for policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders who wish to track when and how state leaders may address policy issues that pertain to Chapter 224. This tracking tool is a living document and will be updated regularly.

July 29, 2014

This report includes findings from the evaluation of the 2011-2013 Connecting Consumers with Care grant program. The goals of the evaluation were to 1) assess progress made across grantee sites on select outreach and enrollment measures; 2) describe the practices grantees adopted to reach out to and enroll consumers in insurance, advance consumer self-sufficiency, and collaborate with other agencies; and 3) characterize the barriers experienced by grantees. 

June 18, 2014

This report demonstrates how a general-operating-funds approach to grantmaking can forge stronger and more effective partnerships between the philanthropy and consumer health advocacy communities. It includes examples of the positive impact this approach has had on access to health care in Massachusetts and highlights some of the activities and achievements of 2011-2013 Strengthening the Voice for Access grantee organizations.

June 10, 2014

This budget brief compares the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget proposals for MassHealth (Medicaid) and other subsidized health coverage programs. It is the third in a series of FY 2015 budget briefs produced by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) in partnership with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. MMPI will be publishing budget fact sheets at several stages in the FY 2015 budget process, as proposals move through the state legislature.

May 15, 2014

This brief describes the Massachusetts House of Representatives Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget proposal for MassHealth (Medicaid) and other subsidized health coverage programs. It is the second in a series of FY 2015 budget briefs produced by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) in partnership with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. MMPI will be publishing budget fact sheets at several stages in the FY 2015 budget process, as proposals move through the state legislature.

April 3, 2014

UPDATED chart pack, prepared by the Center for Health Law and Economics at the UMass Medical School, including summary data on MassHealth enrollment and spending. Designed to support use of the charts in presentations. Updated edition includes MassHealth enrollment as of December 31, 2013 and spending from FY 2013.

March 26, 2014

Affordability Gap Remains Despite Coverage Gains

March 26, 2014

This chartpack summarizes the impact of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law. The chartpack gathers data from surveys and analyses by state government agencies including the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority, as well as highlights from health reform tracking surveys conducted by the Urban Institute. This document has been designed to support the use of the charts in slide presentations, and we encourage readers to use them.

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