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Health Care Reform and the Economy

BHI Study (IV) Policy Analysis: Massachusetts health care law fails to promote consumer choice, tax equity and portability; Other states offer lessons for Bay State on Medicaid

BOSTON – Having failed to curb insurance costs in the Commonwealth, Chapter 58, the Massachusetts universal health care law, should turn to more market-oriented policies such as Health Savings Accounts and tax credits according to a new paper by the Beacon Hill Institute. The Institute also recommends that the state not voluntarily expand Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

BHI reviewed several consumer driven policies from others states. These include establishing Health Savings Accounts (Indiana and Georgia), eliminating the tax bias in favor of employer sponsored health plans (Missouri) and reforming guaranteed issue and community rating (Maine). The paper entitled Lessons for Massachusetts from State Health Care Reforms in Other States: What Chapter 58 Missed also suggested that following Medicaid Reform in Florida and tort reform along the lines of Mississippi and Texas. More

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BHI Study (III): Massachusetts health care reform mandates invited gaming, costing taxpayers and ratepayers millions

(BOSTON, MA) Approximately 2,600 individuals in Massachusetts “gamed” the individual mandate at an estimated cost to insurance carriers of between $29.3 million and $37.3 million. This is one of the findings of a new report from the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University, entitled, “The Massachusetts Health Care Reform Mandates: The Gaming Gamble.”

The study also found that the private insurance market only grew modestly and not enough to enroll all the newly-insured residents, suggesting that businesses may be dropping or declining coverage to offer insurance to their workers. More

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BHI Study (II):Massachusetts Health Care Reform stunts job growth and investment

(BOSTON, MA -September 15, 2011) The landmark Massachusetts Health Care Reform (HCR) Law cost the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at least 18,000 jobs since its passage and put a damper on investment and disposable income. These are the findings of a model generated by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. Read more.

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BHI Study (I): Massachusetts Health Care Reform drives up insurance costs both public and private

(BOSTON- June 2011) The landmark Massachusetts Health Care Reform law is responsible for a dramatic increase in health care spending over the period since it was enacted. The law did not bring about a promised reduction in health care expenditures. Rather, it permitted the state legislature and governor to expand health insurance coverage to almost all residents, while imposing more than $8 billion in new health care costs to the federal government and on state residents and businesses.

Other studies have attempted to document the rise in health care costs attributable to Massachusetts Health Care Reform. The BHI study is the first to attempt a comprehensive examination of HCR’s impact on cost, taking into account the underlying trends in health care spending, as well as the effects of the law on federal Medicare spending. More

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Related: Presentation
Romney Care: Good for Massachusetts?
The Cost of Romney Care in Massachusetts and Its Implications for Obama Care
A Presentation to the Northborough Tea Party, November 15, 2011