Research Report Reconciling the Massachusetts and Federal Individual Mandates for Health Insurance: A Comparison of Policy Options
Linda J. Blumberg, Lisa Clemans-Cope
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The 2006 Massachusetts health reform law increased insurance coverage and improved access to care for residents, in part due to the laws individual mandate. An individual mandate is also a component of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), though its design differs from Massachusetts' mandate in many ways. The implementation of the federal mandate in 2014 raises complex questions about the interaction of the two requirements. We analyze three basic policy options available to the state, assessing their implications for residents and each policy option's ability to satisfy core policy objectives.
Research Areas Health and health care
Tags Health insurance Federal health care reform Health equity State health care reform
Policy Centers Health Policy Center