Category: Position Statements

If It’s Not Broken, Then Don’t Fix It

If It’s Not Broken, Then Don’t Fix It

January 31, 2008 | Comments (0)

By Jean RussellPresidentMassAHU The Health Care Reform Law was intended to insure the uninsured, not to disrupt those currently insured. However, recent developments seem to indicate that the Commonwealth Connector is planning to provide health insurance options to the small group market. This ultimately will place the Commonwealth Connector in competition with the private sector. […]

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DIVISION OF HEALTH CARE FINANCE AND POLICY AND DIVISION OF

DIVISION OF HEALTH CARE FINANCE AND POLICY AND DIVISION OF

November 26, 2007 | Comments (0)

The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (HCFP) and the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) announced today that to date nearly 44,000 employers have completed their Employer Fair Share/Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure filing: click here for November 21st Press Release.

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In response to: YEAR-END OPEN ENROLLMENT IS NECESSARY FOR INCREASING THE NUMBERS OF INSURED by James Roosevelt, Jr.

In response to: YEAR-END OPEN ENROLLMENT IS NECESSARY FOR INCREASING THE NUMBERS OF INSURED by James Roosevelt, Jr.

October 25, 2007 | Comments (0)

Julie Jennings, Chair of MassAHU Legislative Committee responds: This is a response from the trenches, and I think it is representative of what we are all finding out in the marketplace of health care reform in Massachusetts. The education of the employer-based market has been going on for several months. If people are not signing […]

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NAHU: Connector Plans

NAHU: Connector Plans

October 4, 2007 | Comments (0)

Health insurance "Connector" proposals (also labeled "Exchanges") are popping up in state legislatures throughout the country. They are based on portions of legislation that Massachusetts enacted during 2006 and, if signed into law, would represent a major shift in the way private health insurance coverage is purchased and delivered. This overview is designed to answer […]

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At Issue: State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

At Issue: State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

September 25, 2007 | Comments (0)

The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) began in 1997. Also know as Title XXI, SCHIP was part of the federal Balanced Budget Act of 1997. SCHIP provides a capped amount of funds to states on a matching basis for federal fiscal years (FY) 1008 through 2007 to provide coverage to low-income uninsured children. SCHIP […]

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There’s No Debate on Healthcare: State Representative Eldridge Has It Wrong

There’s No Debate on Healthcare: State Representative Eldridge Has It Wrong

August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)

Author: Julie Jennings In a recent overview of candidates for the Fifth Congressional District seat, State Representative Jamie Eldridge proposed that Massachusetts adopt a single-payer healthcare system to help fix our current problems. He touts a government-run system in his effort to attract voters, but he completely ignores the many down sides to this model. […]

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Individual Subsidized Products

Individual Subsidized Products

August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)

MassAHU favors the expansion of subsidies that encourage productive employment in the workforce. The individual subsidy plan in Massachusetts uses existing government funding (the uncompensated care pool) to help lower-income individuals purchase private coverage through four Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s). In the future, it will be necessary to open up the market to more plans. […]

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State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)

August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)

National level research has shown that parents and children are more likely to seek preventative and routine medical care when they are covered by the same plan. Therefore, consideration should be given to apply credits from one subsidy program to other programs in the state. Children qualified for S-CHIP could potentially be insured under their […]

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Tax Policy

Tax Policy

August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)

MassAHU commends the state for its initiative in finding a way to provide the same tax advantages to individual insurance purchasers as it does for the employer based market. We support further addressing this issue on a national basis to ensure that federal and state tax codes are consistent.

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