GOOD IDEA OR JUST “BAD” POLITICS?

| July 22, 2008 | Comments (1)
GOOD IDEA OR JUST “BAD” POLITICS?

Two years ago, the MA Healthcare Reform Law went into effect with the admirable goal of insuring the uninsured – and it asks everyone to participate – the government, insurers, providers, employers and individuals. Is it working? According to the latest press release by the Commonwealth Connector – the government authority responsible for administering the […]

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Expanding the Insurance Partnership Is The Responsible Way to Insure the Uninsured Employees

| May 27, 2008 | Comments (0)
Expanding the Insurance Partnership Is The Responsible Way to Insure the Uninsured Employees

Earlier this month, the Commonwealth Connector board discussed ways to cover 30,000 uninsured residents who can’t afford health insurance offered by their employers. They are recommending expansion of the Commonwealth Care program to address this population, in spite of the staggering budget projection of over $1 billion for fiscal year 2009, and the very strong […]

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All Pushing In the Same Direction – Returning the Connector to Its True Mandate

| March 26, 2008 | Comments (0)
All Pushing In the Same Direction – Returning the Connector to Its True Mandate

The Massachusetts Association of Underwriters (MassAHU) supports Health Care Reform and the noble goal of providing health insurance for all citizens of Massachusetts.  Health insurance brokers are an integral part of the health insurance system and have become part of the Commonwealth Connector’s distribution network. However, we are concerned about the Connector’s determination to write […]

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All Pushing In the Same Direction

| March 26, 2008 | Comments (0)
All Pushing In the Same Direction

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How to Produce Better Health Care Results for the Citizens of Massachusetts

| February 25, 2008 | Comments (0)
How to Produce Better Health Care Results for the Citizens of Massachusetts

On February 14th, two stories appeared in the Globe.  One was entitled "Health Plans Sold via State Likely to Cost 5% More," and the other was "One in Ten Patients Gets Drug Error." Most people may not see any correlation between these two articles, but it is time for us to connect the dots.  Both […]

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If It’s Not Broken, Then Don’t Fix It

| January 31, 2008 | Comments (0)
If It’s Not Broken, Then Don’t Fix It

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

| November 26, 2007 | Comments (0)
DIVISION OF HEALTH CARE FINANCE AND POLICY AND DIVISION OF

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.

| October 25, 2007 | Comments (0)
In response to: YEAR-END OPEN ENROLLMENT IS NECESSARY FOR INCREASING THE NUMBERS OF INSURED by James Roosevelt, Jr.

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

| October 4, 2007 | Comments (0)
NAHU: Connector Plans

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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