The role envisioned for the Roadmap purchasing pool bears a strong resemblance to the role played by other large pools. But it goes beyond that because of the pool's responsibility to serve as the source of coverage for tax credit recipients and to administer those tax credits. The pool also functions as part of a financing system that includes an employer play-or-pay requirement and an individual mandate. Thus, while some lessons can be learned about how to implement a pool from the experience of other pools, the Roadmap pool would provide new lessons for other pools that might follow. (www.roadmaptocoverage.com, October 7, 2005)
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