Massachusetts Health Reform
Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Published in: Health Affairs - Web Exclusive, v. 25, no. 6, Sep. 14, 2006, W447-W449
Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006
The Massachusetts plan to extend health insurance coverage to nearly all of the state's residents offers several lessons related to health reform, including the following: Bipartisan cooperation is possible; multiple policy mechanisms must be employed to achieve meaningful change; the starting point--in terms of the rate of uninsurance, the degree of insurance market regulation, and so on--matters; and implementation details are critical. In addition to these lessons, the authors argue that objective analysis and a comprehensive framework for evaluating alternative policy options are needed for similar reforms to be enacted elsewhere.