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Senate Passes Comprehensive Health Care Bill

Last week, the state Senate considered over 150 amendments proposed to their comprehensive health care cost control package, titled the HEALTH Act, for Health Empowerment and Affordability while Leveraging Transformative Health care (see our initial thoughts on the bill here). After spending two full days discussing and voting on amendments, the Senate approved the bill right at midnight on November 9. The final Senate bill, incorporating all the amendments, is expected to be numbered S. 2211, and so should be available online here. Read more »

Obamacare is in real danger. Act now!

Vox just published an article reporting that the U.S. Senate is getting close to enough votes to repeal the ACA, and pass a health care plan that would be devastating for Massachusetts and the rest of the country.   Read more »

Bleak: the House Bill to Repeal the ACA could result in 445,000 uninsured in Massachusetts

This is devastating: A new study estimates that the House-passed bill to repeal the ACA would result in as many as 445,000 people in Massachusetts losing health care coverage. The uninsurance rate, now around 2.8%, would soar to 10.3%. To keep these people covered would the cost state $7.8 billion between 2017 and 2026. The study comes from the Urban Institute, and was commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, which is the co-convenor, along with HCFA, of the state's Coalition for Coverage and Care. You can read the press summary here, and get the full package of... Read more »

MassHealth is Critical, and a Bargain for the state

We hear over and over again criticism that MassHealth comprises 40% of the state budget. This ignores two key realities: 1. MassHealth provides critical health care to over a quarter of state’s population – very low income people with no other source of health care. The majority of expenses are to provide care to very sick people, particularly seniors and people with disabilities getting long-term care and support services. Seniors and people with disabilities account for 24% of the enrollees, but 56% of the spending. The 595,000 non-disabled children are just 16% of the spending (source). Read more »

Wide Variation in Insurance Rates in Massachusetts

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has just released a detailed set of reports on uninsurance rates in the state, The Geography of Uninsurance in Massachusetts, 2011-2015. The report is based the five years of data from the census’ American Community Survey (ACS), which surveys 2 million households annually to identify uninsured residents. Since the implementation of Chapter 58 our 2006 state health reform law, the insurance rate has increased dramatically. In 2015, 97.2% of the population had access to health care. However, “The Geography of Uninsurance, 2011-2015”... Read more »

Some Musings on the Defeat of the Republican Repeal-and-Replace Effort

As was noted in the Globe article on Saturday, there were smiles and high-fives at Health Care For All, as we joined together with our partners at Community Catalyst and Health Law Advocates to watch Speaker Ryan declare that the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act was not going forward.  We were going all out in the last few days, contacting voters in key districts outside Massachusetts, urging them to call their Representatives. The bill that was pulled would have been devastating to Massachusetts, likely leading to some 600,000 Bay Staters losing coverage over the next 8 years. A few... Read more »

Impact of Republican Repeal Bill in Massachusetts

Three brand new resources to help people understand the impact of the House-proposed Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - an infographic summary of coverage losses; a 1-page summary of the impact on Medicaid (MassHealth); and a more comprehensive chart we prepared comparing the ACA with the Republican AHCA, and the impact on Massachusetts. The Medicaid summary is here, you can download the chart here, and see the infographic below:   Read more »

Republican Health Reform Bill Would Have Big Impact on MassHealth Coverage

The Republican ACA legislation being moved through the House contains Medicaid provisions that, if passed, would fundamentally alter the program that provides health care for over 70 million vulnerable Americans.  National estimates are that millions of Medicaid recipients would lose coverage under the proposal. Read more »

Partnership in Peril: Federal Funding at Risk for States

Today, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center released a report highlighting the major federal funding sources received by the state to provide access to affordable health care, help children thrive, assist low-income families, and care for veterans. Read more »

Almost 370,000 Massachusetts residents would lose health coverage under ACA repeal

It would be a disaster if the ACA were repealed, almost 370,000 Massachusetts residents would lose health coverage in 2019. Read more »

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