Browse by Type: Reports

February 10, 2012

Stabilizing MassHealth Funding: Options to Break the Recurring Cycle of Expansion and Contraction, written by Beth Waldman of Bailit Health Purchasing, Robert Seifert of the Center for Health Law and Economics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Kate Nordahl of MMPI, discusses the challenges and implications of the counter-cyclical nature of the Medicaid program and options to reduce the reactive swings in MassHealth funding and scope of services that can come with downturns in the economy.

January 25, 2012

This report is the latest in a series by the Urban Institute analyzing the impact of the Massachusetts health reform law. Findings show that despite the state's economic recession Massachusetts has maintained record low levels of uninsured and access to needed health care has improved. This report is based on the 2010 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS), which has tracked the impact of the law annually since 2006.

January 12, 2012

This report, written by Tony Dreyfus and Ellen Breslin Davidson of BD Group, provides an overview of the federal and state experience with risk adjustment in programs serving persons dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

January 10, 2012

Summary of the MassHealth 1115 waiver renewal including a brief overview of four new provisions approved under the waiver renewal.

December 20, 2011

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

December 7, 2011

Report summarizing the results of a series of interviews conducted by the Center for Health Care Strategies with key Medicaid stakeholders from across the country on cutting-edge Medicaid strategies including: purchasing strategies to optimize delivery systems; payment strategies to leverage existing funds; integrated models of care to improve services for complex populations; and opportunities for improved organizational capacity.

November 29, 2011

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

November 17, 2011

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation report by Alan G. Raymond on the first five years of Massachusetts health reform implementation, including comprehensive assessments of how the law is working, impacts on coverage and access to care, and cost and funding.

October 24, 2011

This report by Colleen Barry of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health explores opportunities and issues around integrating behavioral health care and primary care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and payment and delivery system reforms in Massachusetts. The report provides preliminary recommendations on how these major policy changes might be implemented with the goal of improving the coordination, quality and outcomes of mental health and addiction care in the Commonwealth.

October 21, 2011

This poll, fielded in late September 2011 and led by Robert Blendon at the Harvard Opinion Research Program, probed 1002 Massachusetts adults on various questions surrounding health care costs, including their perceptions of major cost drivers, who they believe should take the lead on addressing costs and how important is it for the state to take major action. The results reveal that the public is greatly concerned over rising costs and ready for the state to take major actions to tackle them.

August 2, 2011

This budget brief describes the sections of the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY 2012) final budget bill as signed by the legislature and including the Governor's vetoes' that are relevant to MassHealth (Medicaid) and other programs that support health care coverage for the state's low- and moderate-income populations. It is the final in a series of fact sheets published by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute (MMPI) and produced by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center in partnership with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.

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.

May 17, 2011

New analysis by MMPI examining the growth in MassHealth enrollment since passage of the state?s health reform law. This analysis shows that most of the growth in MassHealth enrollment (76 percent) has been in eligibility categories that existed prior to reform, and therefore would have occurred in the absence of the state?s health reform law.

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.