The Massachusetts Health Mandate And The Role Of Health

1878 Words8 Pages
THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH MANDATE AND THE ROLE OF HEALTH INSURANCE

INTRODUCTION

In 2006, the state of Massachusetts set out to close the gap in the number of uninsured citizens within its borders. The number of uninsured non-elderly adults in the state was nearly 17% (Chandra, 2011a). The same author said executives in the state realized the growing problem and were earnestly looking for ways to promote individual responsibility. One primary way of closing this gap has been through the development and implementation of what was called the Massachusetts Commonwealth Connector: a consumer-driven internet based healthcare market place. Although proposed in 2006, it wasn’t until 2008 that the system was rolled out at the state level (Chandra, 2011b). Massachusetts Health insurance mandate was a philosophical move to eliminate free-riders within its jurisdiction. The goal of the law was to achieve total healthcare coverage among the state’s residents through a variety of outlets (Nardin, 2011a). The Governor at that time, Mitt
Romney, chose to expand the Medicaid program within the state, and, to subsidize the use of private health insurance for adult citizens who earn below 300% of the federal poverty level
(FPL) (Nardin, 2011b). The same author said this was basically achieved via the Commonwealth Care, a
Open Document