How National Health Reform Affects Massachusetts

Affordable Care Act Tracking Tool, Working Document

Chart of state decisions related to implementation of the federal health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act.  This working document will be updated regularly.  Originally created by the Center for Health Law & Economics, UMASS Medical School,  and Health Care For All; updated by the BCBSMA Foundation.  Please send suggested edits to policy@bluecrossmafoundation.org.  (November 2011)

The ACA's Impact on Medicaid: Changes and Opportunities for MassHealth

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 may be applied in Massachusetts.  Click here for an Executive Summary. 

National Health Care Reform: Key Context, Planning and Implementation Issues for the Health Connector 

Presentation at the Massachusetts Health Connector Board Retreat on the impact of national health reform on Massachusetts and the Connector’s evolving role. (December 2011) 

Re-Forming Reform: What the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Means for Massachusetts 

Report by Robert Seifert and Andrew Cohen for the Center for Health Law and Economics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to assess how the national reform law intersects with Massachusetts health reform, commissioned by the BCBS of Massachusetts Foundation. (June 2010)

Forum: What National Health Reform Means for Massachusetts 

Quartet of videos from BCBSMA Foundation forum on national health reform’s impact on the Commonwealth, including: a tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy; Senator John Kerry speaking about the recently passed national law; presentations from researchers Robert Blendon and Robert Seifert; and a panel discussion of health reform leaders. (June 2010).

National Health Care Reform and Its Impact on Massachusetts 

Massachusetts Health and Human Services website includes grant and demonstration opportunities, letters of intent, an implementation timeline, information for employers, and links to outside resources.

Selected Provisions in Federal and State Health Care Reform That Are Important to Children with Special Health Care Needs in Massachusetts 

Table by the Catalyst Center comparing federal and Massachusetts health reform provisions affecting children with special health care needs. 

Health Reform: What Massachusetts really thinks 

In a video released weeks before the passage of national health reform, Massachusetts stakeholders talk about the importance reform for the state. (March 2010)