Massachusetts is the fourth-healthiest state according to the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Massachusetts, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Massachusetts started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Massachusetts's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Health Connector — Massachusetts State Health Insurance Exchange — The first-in-the-nation state health insurance exchange.
Children’s Medical Security Plan — For children under the age of 19 who are Massachusetts residents at any income level, who do not qualify for MassHealth (except MassHealth Limited), and who are uninsured.
MassHealth Services — MassHealth pays for health care for certain low- and medium-income people living in the state, including a program for individuals who are HIV positive. MassHealth also manages the Insurance Partnership for small businesses, the Children’s Medical Security Plan, Healthy Start, and the Special Kids/Special Care Pilot Program, cosponsored with the Department of Social Services. Read [...]
State produced health care consumer guides — Publications on health insurance for consumers, as provided by the State of Massachusetts.
Cape Care Coalition — Goal is to create a regional, community-owned health care system to provide all Barnstable County residents comprehensive and affordable health care, delivered through the current and expanded network of providers.
Massachusetts Health Care Reform Coalition — This site is where you can learn how to help support the new Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law.
Massachusetts health care reform — Wikipedia page on what’s been called “Romneycare” — the Massachusetts health care reforms which became the blue print for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Mass-Care — Working to establish a Single Payer Health Care System in Massachusetts so that all residents of the Commonwealth will have access to comprehensive, quality, affordable and equitable health care.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Massachusetts.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Massachusetts -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Massachusetts.
Why health care reform is important to Massachusetts -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Massachusetts.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Massachusetts -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Massachusetts -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
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Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $140 per family in 2012.
09/17/2012 7:09 PM
Mitt Romney hates his signature achievement as Governor of Massachusetts now, but businesses are finding that health care reform is not only good for employees, its good for business itself. That’s great news for President Obama, who still wildly embraces his implementation of the path Romney once walked. Read more.
08/17/2012 12:08 PM
Pressure from health care reforms by the Gov. Deval Patrick administration twinned with free market pressure is cutting profits at insurance companies doing business in Massachusetts. But isn’t this a good thing for consumers? Costs are coming down for Bay Staters to cover their families, and a bigger share of those premium dollars are being used for actual health care.
08/13/2012 3:08 PM
More good news for people in the Bay State — the rise in health insurance premiums is less than half of what the increase was a year ago (2.1 percent vs. 5.5 percent) and is part of a new two-year slowdown in price increases.
This comes as Gov. Deval Patrick signed new legislation to tie the growth in spending on health care to the growth of the state’s economy through 2017, and then a half percent lower.
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