Community Catalyst, a national consumer advocacy organization we work with, published an end-of year analysis of the much-discussed Massachusetts reform, which provides a direct look and the successes and the shortfalls of that effort.
Entitled “Revisiting Massachusetts Health Reform: 18 Months Later,” the report comes out just as the state has indicated that 300,000 people got covered–half of the state’s uninsured. At the same time, it acknowledges some of the issues, including their lack of meaningful employer contribution and other questions about long-term financing.
While Massachusetts largely redistributed existing funding, California’s proposed AB x1 1 raises significant new resources, so perhaps we’ve learned some lessons already. Health Access California will be putting out an analysis comparing the two state and the two plans in short order.