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Health Aff (Millwood). 2006 Nov-Dec;25(6):w447-9. Epub 2006 Sep 14.

Massachusetts health reform: beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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RAND Health, Santa Monica, California, USA. mcglynn@rand.org

Abstract

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, we argue that objective analysis and a comprehensive framework for evaluating alternative policy options are needed for similar reforms to be enacted elsewhere.

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16973648
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.25.w447
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