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The Massachusetts Health Plan: Lessons for the States
Heritage Foundation fellows Nina Owcharenko and Robert E. Moffitt take a look at Massachusetts' new health plan and size up its strengths and weaknesses. They conclude that other elected officials could learn a lot from the Bay State.
Massachusetts officials have made significant strides in reforming their health insurance market, and other states can learn from the Massachusetts experience. States should build on the solid features of the Connector: the establishment of a statewide health insurance exchange to allow individuals to buy and own health insurance without losing favorable tax treatment and direct assistance to lowincome individuals and families for the purchase of private coverage using existing government funds. Likewise, states should reject certain problematic features of the final plan, such as the employer mandate and public program expansions, and improve other aspects of the plan.
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