Category: Position Statements

Be careful what you wish for America…

Be careful what you wish for America…

May 4, 2010 | Comments (0)

As the economy continues to struggle with high unemployment and massive amounts of new debt – Congress enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as “ObamaCare.”  This new law will insure 32 million more Americans – 50% of them will be enrolled in Medicaid – tax payer subsidized health insurance – which […]

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Is it Scope Creep or True Intent?

Is it Scope Creep or True Intent?

March 5, 2010 | Comments (0)

In 2006, MA passed landmark healthcare reform legislation to address the “easy” issue with healthcare – insuring the uninsured. Prior to the passage of that law, MA ranked 3rd in the country for the lowest number of uninsured…now we are #1 because we insure almost 98% of our residents when the national average is 83%. All agree […]

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Testimony Given on LTC Rates at Joint Committee on Financial Services Hearing

Testimony Given on LTC Rates at Joint Committee on Financial Services Hearing

February 25, 2010 | Comments (0)

Good afternoon Mr. Chairman and members of the committee.  My name is Tobe Gerard. I am here today in 4 capacities: 1) As an owner of an insurance agency specializing exclusively in long term care insurance; 2) As a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters 3) As a […]

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Overview of the Affordable Health Plan

Overview of the Affordable Health Plan

February 3, 2010 | Comments (0)

The Affordable Health Plan (HB-4452) would require health care providers and health insurers to limit their costs to help small businesses and individuals.  The bill would limit the rates doctors and hospitals charge for this one product to no more than 10% above what the federal Medicare program pays and would limit insurer profits on […]

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MassAHU Promotes Bipartisan Health Care Reform Efforts

MassAHU Promotes Bipartisan Health Care Reform Efforts

January 26, 2010 | Comments (0)

Massachusetts (MA) implemented sweeping healthcare reform in 2006 and the law was passed with bipartisan support.  What is the good news?  Massachusetts ranks #1 in the country with 97% of its residents insured.  What’s the bad news?  Massachusetts healthcare budget is exploding, we have longer wait times to see a doctor and healthcare costs are […]

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Business Perspectives on Health Care Reform

Business Perspectives on Health Care Reform

December 10, 2009 | Comments (0)

Health care reform is a complicated challenge and one without a simple solution.  Where do we start?  Let's look at the best practices and lessons learned from the Massachuestt's "experiment."  Three years ago, the state implemented health care reform with the goal of universal access and lower cost. What were the results? AccessMassachuesetts ranks No. […]

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MassAHU comments on Payment Reform Commission Report

MassAHU comments on Payment Reform Commission Report

October 9, 2009 | Comments (0)

The Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters (MassAHU), a membership organization of professional health insurance brokers, consultants and other professionals, shares the concern for affordability of health care in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Through the Payment Reform Commission appointed by Governor Patrick, recommendations have been submitted for the restructuring of the health care payment system.  According […]

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Potential Adverse Consequences to Proposed Changes in FSC regulations

Potential Adverse Consequences to Proposed Changes in FSC regulations

September 25, 2009 | Comments (0)

MassAHU is concerned about potential adverse consequences of the proposed changes to the Fair Share Contribution regulations to take effect on October 1, 2009 (114.5 CMR 16:00: Determination of Employer Fair Share Contribution).  We understand the changes are designed to help employers who have applied for relief from the FSC responsibility as part of the […]

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MassAHU’s 7th Annual Statewide Conference & Trade Show

MassAHU’s 7th Annual Statewide Conference & Trade Show

September 9, 2009 | Comments (0)

National Health Care Reform – Government’s Role – what are the potential impacts?                                       BENEFEST 2009, the premier industry conference for employee benefits professionals in Massachusetts has once again pulled together business leaders and chief executive officers of four major health insurance carriers to provide their perspectives on healthcare reform at the local, state […]

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