Massachusetts Health Care Reform

Health care reform in Massachusetts has been well publicized, and Massachusetts’ experience is helping inform health reform debates at both the national and state levels. Some features of the reform plan in Massachusetts may be replicated, but others were successful primarily due to Massachusetts’ unique environment. Staff at the Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School can help state and national policy-makers distinguish between the two and develop tailored strategies for successful health reform initiatives.

History of Massachusetts Reform
The reform initiatives preceding the 2006 Health Care Reform Act helped build the momentum that led to the passage of this ground-breaking reform law.

Strategies for Reform
Our team was involved in the early design, stakeholder strategy development, and implementation of Massachusetts’ 2006 landmark health care reform initiative.

Rate Setting
Our team’s comprehensive expertise on hospital payment methods, including Medicare's inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems, enabled the state to meet the requirements for a program to cover the remaining uninsured.