Health Reform: Lessons From Massachusetts

As Congress debates comprehensive national health reform, the Kaiser Family Foundation has two reports and an updated fact sheet that examine state-level health reform in Massachusetts and the lessons it offers for policymakers in Washington.

Consumers’ Experience in Massachusetts: Lessons For National Health Reform and In Pursuit of Affordable Health Care: On the Ground Lessons from Families in Massachusetts, examine the impact of health reform on the lives of ordinary people in the state, including a look at coverage provided by both public programs and private sources.

The updated fact sheet Massachusetts Health Care Reform describes the basic components of the 2006 reform law, examines how many people have gained coverage and discusses cost containment and affordability goals and implementation challenges.

Materials from the related Sept. 1, 2009 briefing:

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