Reports for National Health Reform

May 21, 2015

In this issue brief, Patricia Boozang, Deborah Bachrach and Hailey Davis of Manatt Health Solutions, review the coverage and delivery system challenges that Massachusetts could address through sections 1331 (the Basic Health Program) and 1332 (Waivers for State Innovation) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

December 18, 2013

This report – written by Elisabeth Rodman of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation – explains how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chose to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the resulting changes to health programs, policies, and operations.

February 28, 2013

Chart of state decisions related to implementation of the federal health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

December 4, 2012

As a part of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform, the state implemented an individual mandate to help improve access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) also includes an individual mandate, which differs in many design components from the Massachusetts individual mandate.

September 10, 2012

This report funded in part by the Foundation explains how and why Massachusetts business leaders became involved in health reform and the difference their engagement has made and presents the perspectives of individual entrepreneurs, business owners and executives on how Massachusetts health reform has affected their companies, their employees and the overall business climate in Massachusetts.

July 19, 2012

This report, written by researchers at the Urban Institute, explores four policy options for assessing employers who do not provide affordable health insurance coverage to their workers as Massachusetts brings its state health reform law into compliance with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

March 13, 2012

This toolkit offers resources to help states design and implement effective education, outreach, and enrollment approaches for populations newly eligible for health coverage. (3/2012)

December 20, 2011

This toolkit offers resources to help states plan and implement a successful risk mitigation strategy for the state's health exchange. 

November 29, 2011

This toolkit offers resources to help states determine health benefit designs to be offered on state health insurance exchanges. (11/2011)

July 27, 2011

This report, by Beth Waldman from Bailit Health Purchasing and Kate Nordahl of the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, provides an in-depth discussion of the provisions from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which impact Medicaid programs and how these provisions will be applied in Massachusetts.

May 31, 2011

This toolkit offers resources to help states design and realize a successful public education and marketing campaign to support the implementation of health reform.  Click here for accompanying audio, video and print resources.

March 17, 2011

Massachusetts groundbreaking 2006 health reform law served as a model in many respects for the insurance coverage provisions of the 2010 federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This report by Alan G. Raymond and funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation presents an overview of key lessons from Massachusetts that could be relevant to stakeholders working to implement health reform in other states and nationally.

June 21, 2010

According to this new report, implementation of national health reform will direct billions of new federal dollars into the Massachusetts health care system, expand public coverage to reach more of the state's residents, and has the potential to help the state reach its cost containment and quality of care goals. Written by the Center for Health Law and Economics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, this report is the most comprehensive assessment to date of how the national reform law intersects with the Commonwealth's own health reforms.

October 3, 2009

This analysis outlines the potential impact a national health reform bill may have on Massachusetts, including key areas that bear further monitoring.

December 12, 2008

This report summarizes the impact of health reform thus far and may be used as a point of reference for policy makers who are considering approaches to health reform elsewhere at either the state or national level. If the Massachusetts model continues to work, all or part of this model and its supporting principles may be useful in local or national health reform efforts.