- Exchanges: The Massachusetts Health Connector has been operational since 2006. The exchange predates the Affordable Care Act and functions as an active purchaser model, with nearly 200,000 individuals currently enrolled.
- Essential Health Benefits: Massachusetts has existing essential health benefits (EHB) standards under the Connector. There is significant overlap with ACA requirements, and no further action is likely.
- Medicaid Expansion: Massachusetts will be participating in the Medicaid expansion.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Massachusetts currently has 206,666 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 18% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
NEWS OF NOTE
» Associated Press – Patrick signs health care cost containment bill
» 06.28.12 Remarks on the Affordable Care Act Decision
» Boston Business Journal – The Best Primary Care in Mass, and the Worst: Consumer Reports Weighs In
» Modern Healthcare – Mass. Senate Passes Healthcare Payment Reform
» WSJ – Same State, New Stab at Health Care
» Washington Post – Massachusetts Payment-Reform Bill Would Overhaul How Health-Care Providers are Paid