On December 2, 2014 ABCD hosted the first installation of the Solutions Series focused on Making Affordable Health Care Work: Finding and Fixing the Challenges of the New Health Care Legislation.  Long before universal health coverage became an option for the general American public through implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Massachusetts led the nation in high rates of health insurance coverage. But in 2013, the federal ACA went beyond the reach and scope of the Commonwealth’s earlier efforts to set in place new regulations, taxes, mandates, and subsidies aimed at increasing the quality, availability, and affordability of private and public health insurance for millions of uninsured Americans. While the ACA has resulted in declines in the rate of uninsured individuals across the country, questions remain about the overall impact of health care reform on the most vulnerable populations and the toll it might eventually take on the health care system itself. 

The event brought together a panel of state officials, private insurers, policy analysts and community advocates to develop out of the box answers to the following questions:

  • How well is the Health Connector Working?
  • Who will re-enroll?
  • Are some consumers still priced out?
  • What does OneCare mean for Mass Health/Medicare enrollees?
  • What is to stop local hospitals from "lemon dropping"?
  • Is quality increasing as well as affordability?

The event was a great success with a healthy dialogue that provided innovative answers to these keys questions and outlined steps for moving forward with implementation. Please refer to the excerpt video to the right for an overview of the event. 

For more information on how you can get involved in discussions around the impact of health care reform, please contact Roxanne Reddington-Wilde at roxanne.redwilde@bostonabcd.org

Click here for more information on upcoming Solutions Series events.


Panelists

Please click here for full bios of the panelists. 

Joshua Archambault
Director of Health Care Policy and Program Manager for the Middle Cities Initiative, Pioneer Institute 
 
Christopher “Kit” Gorton, MD, MHSA
President of Tufts Health Plan/Network Health
 
Brian Rosman
Research Director,  Health Care For All
 
Lauren Taylor
Co-author of The American Health Care Paradox 
 
Jean Yang
Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority (Health Connector) 
 
MODERATOR
 
Noah Berger
President, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
 

Reading List 

The following articles and documents are presented to participants for further reading:

Affordable Health Care Keeps Children and Families Healthy​Children's Healthwatch

Understanding the Actual Cost of MassHealth to the State, ​Mass Budget and Policy Center

Weekly Open Enrollment 2015 Dashboard, MA Health Connector

Too High a Price: Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs in the United States​, The Commonwealth Fund​

The Undisclosed Cost of Developing an Affordable Care Act State Exchange in Massachusetts​, The Pioneer Institute