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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Message From Jean Russell – July 2007

| July 4, 2007
Message From Jean Russell – July 2007

This is a very important and essential time for MassAHU.  I am excited for the opportunity to be the president of MassAHU as we move into a new era with Massachusetts health care reform. I am committed to achieving growth in our association to make sure we are recognized for the important role we play in helping insure the citizens […]

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Message from Julie Jennings – June 2006

| June 5, 2006
Message from Julie Jennings – June 2006

Thank you to all the members who took time out of their busy schedules to attend our annual meeting on June 15th. It was a real treat to meet Katharine London, the new Executive Director of the Health Care Quality & Cost Council, in her first public appearance since accepting this vital and challenging position. […]

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