Health Insurance

Up-to-date information and guidance on state and federal health insurance requirements.
The 1.6% total healthcare spending growth rate in Massachusetts was well below the national rate.
MHA’s Semi-Annual Year-End Health Plan Performance Report covering the period from January 2014 to June 2018 has been released.
MHA is opposed to a proposed federal rule that will make harder for immigrants to access medical care.
The Massachusetts Employer Health Coalition holds its kickoff breakfast meeting tomorrow at The University of Massachusetts Club in Boston.
By a 70-30 vote, Massachusetts communities in last week’s election rejected ballot Question 1.
The state’s HPC devoted part of its two-day cost trend hearing last week to the Question 1 ballot issue, adding new insight into the staffing mandate’s costs, and more.
The group representing health insurers in Massachusetts said that if Question 1 passes consumers will likely pay more in premiums.
A majority of stakeholders identified to the HPC that proposed mandatory nurse staffing ratios are a top area of concern.
The HPC’s $949 million upper cost estimate does not include the cost associated with emergency departments.
The state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis released its latest annual report on the performance of the Massachusetts healthcare system – and the picture it paints is a positive one.
The legislative effort to get Massachusetts community hospitals some much-needed financial relief failed last week as the House and Senate were unable to reach compromise on two similar bills.
On Friday CHIA will post on the CompareCare website a spreadsheet containing the data it used to populate its procedure pricing tool.
A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.
The Department of Labor last week released a final rule that allows for the expansion of Association Health Plans.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives could begin consideration as early as tomorrow on a massive healthcare reform bill.
The State House News last week quoted House Speaker Bob DeLeo as saying he expects a House healthcare cost-control bill on the floor by the end of June.
Last week 20 Massachusetts business groups announced that they were beginning an effort to reduce avoidable use of hospital emergency departments.
The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) has launched CompareCare.
Debate on the Massachusetts Senate’s budget proposal begins tomorrow and MHA has two priority amendment.
The Commonwealth Fund’s most recent Scorecard on State Health System Performance places Massachusetts at number 2 in the nation – up from fifth place in 2017.

Resources

Click on the links below for easy access to important information related to state healthcare issues and advocacy.
Visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts websites below to find information on legislative hearings and other meetings of interest to the healthcare community.
To guide your navigation of the legislative process and assist your advocacy efforts, please visit the following state websites:
MHA has also developed the following documents for your information and benefit: