State Health Reform; Health Care Costs; Access to Health Care; Disparities
This analysis has been prepared to highlight the state's experience in health reform and describe the challenges that it now faces. It recommends a renewed commitment to maintaining and strengthening the reforms that have made Massachusetts one of the nation's health policy leaders. This analysis does not focus on comprehensive health reform, although we believe that the cost and coverage problems that plague the Massachusetts health system (as well as that of every other state) would be most effectively addressed through broader restructuring aimed at achieving universal coverage and more decisive control over expenditures. In this report, we instead focus on shorter term reforms that can be achieved both politically and financially, which would offer important protections to the residents who most need the help.
Rosenbaum, S., Lambrew, J., Shin, P., Regenstein, M., Ehrmann, T., Roby, D. (2002). Health coverage in Massachusetts: Far to go, farther to fall. Boston: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.