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October 1, 2008

An eight-page issue brief that analyzes the impacts of health reform on insurance coverage across different population groups in the state. Specifically, it examines differences in insurance coverage by demographic characteristics (e.g., age, race/ethnicity, and gender), health status, employment, and geography.

October 1, 2008

A 10-page issue brief that assesses the extent to which the insurance provided in Massachusetts under health reform in 2007 protects individuals from financial risk in the event of a major illness or injury.

September 28, 2008
This issue brief updates "MassHealth and State Fiscal Health: A New Look at the Effects of Medicaid Spending on State Finances," through 2007.
September 25, 2008

A fact sheet that introduces MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program, describing its basic structure, benefits and beneficiaries. It examines how enrollment and spending have changed over time and describes some current policy issues and challenges.

July 1, 2008

Results of a public opinion poll of Massachusetts residents about health care reform.

June 3, 2008

Then-House Speaker Sal DiMasi delivers his keynote speech at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's annual summit.

June 3, 2008

This video features three people who received health insurance coverage under the state's health care reform law. It was screened at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's 2008 annual summit.

June 3, 2008

Senate President Therese Murray delivers her keynote speech at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's annual summit.

June 3, 2008

Governor Deval Patrick delivers his keynote speech at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's annual summit.

June 3, 2008

Foundation President Jarrett T. Barrios gives the opening remarks for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's 2008 Summit.

November 25, 2007

An easy-to-use guide describing public health insurance options in Massachusetts and a set of flow charts illustrating the eligibility pathways to these programs for low-income people and families, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Also available on the Pathways to Coverage website.

October 25, 2007

The district court ruling in Rosie D. v. Romney, and the subsequent remedy now being implemented by state health and human service agencies, have the potential to transform the delivery of mental health services for children with serious emotional disturbances in Massachusetts. This issue brief explores the implications and potential effects of the case and the resulting remedy on the MassHealth program, other state programs, the behavioral health and social service delivery systems, and affected children and their families.

August 1, 2007

This chartbook provides detailed estimates of health insurance coverage in Massachusetts. It uses the most recent information available (for calendar year 2005) from the Census Bureaus 2006 Annual Social and Economic Supplements to the Current Population Survey. It updates figures in an earlier chartbook that was released in 6/2005 Health Insurance Coverage and the Uninsured in Massachusetts.

July 25, 2007
The 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law included a provision to make Medicaid hospital rate increases contingent upon quality measures, including measures of the reduction of racial and ethnic disparities. To date, no other pay-for-performance programs have incorporated measures of the reduction of racial and ethnic disparities into their incentives. MMPI organized the Massachusetts Medicaid Disparities Policy Roundtable to bring together a group of experts to develop and recommend an approach to implementing the program. The Roundtable's recommendations are detailed in this white paper.
July 1, 2007

An independent report by health care journalist Irene Wielawski that examines how various interests in Massachusetts politics forged consensus to pass the 2006 health reform law.

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