Background reading on MA reform

Background reading on MA reform - Building the Roadmap to...

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Report for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation June, 2005 Building the Roadmap to Coverage: Policy Choices and the Cost and Coverage Implications Linda J. Blumberg John Holahan Alan Weil Lisa Clemans-Cope Matthew Buettgens Fredric Blavin Stephen Zuckerman
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The “Roadmap to Coverage” is an initiative to inform the debate about how to provide health coverage for the uninsured in Massachusetts and generate a practical roadmap for achieving that goal. Major funding for the project has been provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts with additional support from Partners HealthCare. The research and policy analysis is being conducted by the Urban Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research organization. In November 2004, the Foundation released the first report of the Roadmap initiative. The report, Caring for the Uninsured in Massachusetts, What Does it Cost, Who Pays, and What Would Full Coverage Add to Medical Spending? , written by researchers at the Urban Institute, found that we are already spending more than $1 billion a year for health care for the uninsured. This report presents options for expanding coverage to everyone in the Commonwealth and analyzes the cost and coverage implications for each option. The Urban Institute’s analysis indicates that Massachusetts could achieve universal health coverage by building on our current mix of employer and government sponsored coverage, and by making coverage more affordable for low-wage workers and small employers. The analysis concludes that Massachusetts could cover all of the uninsured for between $700 and $900 million in new government spending, which would produce $1.5 billion in economic and social benefits due to improved health as well as other positive effects on the state’s economy. In the fall, the Foundation will release the “Roadmap”—a practical, phased-in implementation plan to expand coverage to most, if not all, residents of the Commonwealth. We hope the research and analysis in this report supports the discussion about how to improve access to health coverage in the Commonwealth. Philip W. Johnston Andrew Dreyfus Chairman President Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation of Massachusetts Foundation
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Report for the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation June, 2005 Building the Roadmap to Coverage: Policy Choices and the Cost and Coverage Implications Linda J. Blumberg John Holahan Alan Weil Lisa Clemans-Cope Matthew Buettgens Fredric Blavin Stephen Zuckerman
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Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 I. Building the Roadmap for Universal Coverage in Massachusetts . . . . . . . . . . . 13 II. The Building Blocks for Coverage Expansion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 III. Achieving Universal Coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 IV. Policy Options Simulated
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