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

| September 25, 2007 | Comments (0)
At Issue: State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

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

| August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)
There’s No Debate on Healthcare: State Representative Eldridge Has It Wrong

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

| August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)
Individual Subsidized Products

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)

| August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)
State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP)

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

| August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)
Tax Policy

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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Employer Assessment

| August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)
Employer Assessment

MassAHU feels that an employer mandate provides a platform for further regulatory control and sets a precedent for increasing the mandate amounts over time. The $295 assessment is not meaningful enough for employers to purchase employee insurance. Additionally, employers who actually do provide insurance to their employees have not been relieved of their burden to […]

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Medical Malpractice

| August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)
Medical Malpractice

Malpractice insurance costs are driving providers out of many states, resulting in a severe shortage of such professions as obstetrics. Massachusetts must work towards meaningful malpractice reform to help protect providers from frivolous law suit awards. To preserve quality providers and quality care options for the residents of the state, MassAHU supports researching creative solutions […]

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Our Position on the Connector

| August 21, 2007 | Comments (0)
Our Position on the Connector

Through its creation as part of the Health Care Reform Act, the Connector was established to operate as a health exchange, with its primary role to facilitate transactions among government, employers, individuals, health insurers, and brokers. The Connector was not intended to negotiate rates or benefits with carriers, nor to act as an insurance entity […]

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Transparency

| August 8, 2007 | Comments (0)
Transparency

Transparency We must foster an environment of competition through deregulation of the health insurance market to achieve meaningful results. We need to encourage ‘individual responsibility’ and move away from the concept of unlimited access without regard for cost in the future.      The rapid expansion of information technology, combined with a growing demand for […]

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