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New Report Compares Reforms in ME, MA, and VT

New Report Compares Reforms in ME, MA, and VT

May 8, 2007

Click here for a new report prepared by the National Academy for State Health Policy contrasting health reform laws enacted in Maine (2003), Massachusetts (2006), and Vermont (2006). They find a lot of common ground and similar approaches. Some key findings:

-- ME, MA and VT are not seeking to replace the current system but rather to improve it.
+ All three seek employer coverage as a critical element to maintain, expand, and pay for coverage.
+ All three create a new state-sponsored coverage option.
+ All three expand their existing Medicaid and/or SCHIP programs, and found innovative ways to use Medicaid to help cover the cost.
+ All three incorporate existing insurance carriers in their state-sponsored coverage.
+ All three made changes to the private market to make coverage more affordable.

-- There is a trend among these states toward using mandates to ensure that individuals and employers fulfill their responsibilities in obtaining coverage.

-- ME, MA and VT all acknowledge that people with lower incomes require subsidies to purchase coverage.

-- ME and MA both seek to use savings produced by providing coverage to the uninsured and unbderinsured to partially fund their reforms.