Raising Women’s Voices

Report on Massachusetts’ Reform

Posted in State Reform by raisingwomensvoices on March 19, 2009

A report from the Institute of America’s Future claims that the biggest flaw in Massachusetts’ healthcare reform is the lack of a public plan option.

The reforms, which were adopted in 2006, include free coverage for the poor, subsidized plans for those with low-income, low-cost plans provided through a state agency, and a mandate for almost all citizens to obtain insurance. The reforms have decreased the number of uninsured and increased the number of employers offering coverage. But the dependence on private health plans has failed to slow spending. Without a public plan option to compete with private plans, there has been no reduction in costs.

Food for thought while we decide what to do on a national level.

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