Navigation Links
Massachusetts Mandatory Health Insurance Purchase Law is No Model for California
Date:10/12/2007

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Massachusetts is not a model for California health reform, according to an analysis of that state's law requiring all residents to buy private health coverage. Coverage in Massachusetts is already much more expensive than promised and insurers, whose premiums are not capped or regulated, have indicated rates will increase again next year.

Download the full analysis of the Massachusetts law, which provides an overview of the cost and status of the Massachusetts' mandatory purchase requirement, released today by the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/masshealth.pdf

A proposal modeled on the Massachusetts law announced on Wednesday by Governor Schwarzenegger fails to account for the affordability crisis faced by Massachusetts residents. In fact, a provision of Schwarzenegger's proposal encourages insurance companies to raise rates. Under that proposal, insurers will be allowed to keep 15% of premium revenue for overhead and profit. With no tested regulatory review of where the money is going and whether rate increases are necessary, the cap will encourage insurers to give hospitals and doctors whatever they ask for -- at the expense of individuals and the state.

"Insurers, who will keep 15% of premiums no matter what they pay doctors and hospitals, will be all too happy to pay more--and charge policy holders more--in order to keep more," said Jerry Flanagan of FTCR.

Under the new Massachusetts law, by April 15, 2008, -- tax day -- residents must prove on their tax returns that they have private health insurance or face financial penalties.

Massachusetts' law would require citizens to spend up to 10% or more of their incomes on health insurance. Co-pays and deductibles are not included in the 10%. Even at that stiff upper limit,
'/>"/>

SOURCE Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Fatal Case of Meningitis Detected In Massachusetts
2. Massachusetts Governor To Sign Health Coverage Bill
3. Massachusetts To Offer Free Cervical Cancer Vaccine
4. Massachusetts Leads The Way In Health Reforms
5. Health Insurance For Almost Everyone In Massachusetts
6. Whooping Cough Spreads from a Massachusetts Hospital
7. All Babies in Massachusetts Should Be Screened for Life-Threatening Disorders
8. Eastern Equine Encephalitis Spreading Its Tentacles in Massachusetts
9. Making Fortification Mandatory In Order To Reduce Birth Defects
10. Canada Introduces Mandatory Nutrition Labeling
11. Move to make HIV Tests mandatory For Soldiers In Northeast
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/2/2014)... in California, the percentage undergoing a double mastectomy increased ... not associated with a lower risk of death than ... the September 3 issue of JAMA . The ... one breast was associated with a higher risk of ... , Randomized trials have demonstrated similar survival for patients ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... cancer cells can lay the groundwork for their own ... vessels to send out tumor-welcoming signals, according to a ... the Sept. 2 issue of Nature Communications , ... increased levels of so-called signaling molecules released by breast ... in the lungs and lymph nodes to produce proteins ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... Medex Analytic Services is delighted to ... Coral Springs, Fla. due to their greater than forecasted ... for the 2014 year by distinguishing Medex in the ... a higher level of service and professionalism in the ... the industry has responded.” , The location of the ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... (PRWEB) September 03, 2014 Operators in ... to millions of people annually, arranging care and counsel ... and private enterprises are expected to derive $39.4 billion ... donations and private income. Over the five years through ... annualised rate of 6.6%, including growth of 4.1% in ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... new studies further confirm the health benefits of breast-feeding. ... a lower risk of ear, throat and sinus infections ... similar trend when it comes to allergies. The ... immediate newborn period," said Dr. Jennifer Wu, an obstetrician-gynecologist ... was not involved in the new studies. The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Increase seen in use of double mastectomy 2Health News:Increase seen in use of double mastectomy 3Health News:‘Prepped’ by tumor cells, lymphatic cells encourage breast cancer cells to spread 2Health News:Medex Analytic Services Announces New Location for Corporate Headquarters 2Health News:Community Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld 2Health News:Community Services in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Updated by IBISWorld 3Health News:More Evidence Breast-Feeding Lowers Child's Risk of Infections, Allergies 2
... of "color-coded" laboratory mice are providing researchers with a ... and monitor the cellular immune responses of transplanted tissue ... in the June issue of Nature Medicine , ... are a key consideration in developing strategies to improve ...
... release is available in Spanish . , ... , from the Department of Physiology of the University ... Castillo Garzn . To carry out this project, the researcher ... and Assessment of Nutritional Status of Spanish Adolescents) and HELENA ...
... ... Cancer joins Cyberknife of Long Island , ... (PRWEB) May 27, 2010 -- Cyberknife of Long Island treats tumors ... Accuray offers unprecedented capabilities and renewed hope to prostate cancer patients. Cyberknife ...
... sex, still urged, experts say, , THURSDAY, May 27 (HealthDay ... for transmitting the virus to their partners by 90 percent ... Antiretroviral drug therapy helps reduce HIV levels in the infected ... to others. The drugs are commonly taken in the United ...
... in end-stage cardiac patients has a significantly lower risk for ... researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Known as ... HeartMate ,is much smaller than the first and uses a ... itself, to continually push blood through the body. Its predecessor ...
... ... no longer have access to per incident technical support services , ... (PRWEB) May 27, 2010 -- In a recent announcement ... Avaya maintenance agreement will no longer have access to per incident technical support services which ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Color-coded tracking method helps scientists analyze outcomes of newly transplanted tissue 2Health News:Color-coded tracking method helps scientists analyze outcomes of newly transplanted tissue 3Health News:Researchers validate a new test for assessing children's and teenagers' fitness to prevent morbidity 2Health News:Cyberknife of Long Island Destroys Prostate Cancer Non-Invasively Using Radiosurgery 2Health News:Cyberknife of Long Island Destroys Prostate Cancer Non-Invasively Using Radiosurgery 3Health News:Anti-HIV Drugs May Help Prevent Spread of Virus 2Health News:Henry Ford Hospital study: Fewer infections with new heart-pump implant 2Health News:Avaya Announces End of Support to Non Maintenance Customers 2
(Date:9/2/2014)... , Sept. 2, 2014 Donald ... been granted US Pat.# 8,823,512 for a Wearable Biosensor, ... his large portfolio in this field.  Mr. Spector holds ... The announcement was made today by New York ... years into a powerhouse of world-class intellectual properties.  New ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... N.C. , Sept. 2, 2014  Edison ... announced a partnership with the American Association for ... association of respiratory care specialists. Edison Nation Medical, ... and small business to commercialize their innovation ideas, ... association,s community of more than 50,000 respiratory therapists ...
(Date:9/2/2014)... DALLAS , Sept. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- ... driven by universal healthcare coverage and good access ... elderly population and its associated disease burden, well-defined ... the introduction of a new manufacturing policy will ... future. However, a focus on generic substitution and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Wearable Biosensor Patent, the Grandfather of Wearable Biosensor Transmission Patents, Granted to Donald Spector, One of the Most Prolific Living Inventors in the World 2Wearable Biosensor Patent, the Grandfather of Wearable Biosensor Transmission Patents, Granted to Donald Spector, One of the Most Prolific Living Inventors in the World 3Wearable Biosensor Patent, the Grandfather of Wearable Biosensor Transmission Patents, Granted to Donald Spector, One of the Most Prolific Living Inventors in the World 4Wearable Biosensor Patent, the Grandfather of Wearable Biosensor Transmission Patents, Granted to Donald Spector, One of the Most Prolific Living Inventors in the World 5Edison Nation Medical and AARC Team Up To Promote Innovation in Respiratory Care 2Edison Nation Medical and AARC Team Up To Promote Innovation in Respiratory Care 3Australia Medical Devices Market worth $10.4 billion by 2020 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 2Australia Medical Devices Market worth $10.4 billion by 2020 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 3Australia Medical Devices Market worth $10.4 billion by 2020 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 4Australia Medical Devices Market worth $10.4 billion by 2020 Says a New Report Available at MarketOptimizer.org 5
... MedShape Solutions, Inc., the industry leader in innovative ... developed new, larger sizes of its ExoShape CL, ... simplifies and improves soft tissue graft fixation during ... comes after MedShape received the U.S. Food and ...
... Neuralstem, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CUR ) announced that ... the ongoing Phase Ia trial to test the safety of ... testing the drug in healthy volunteers for safety and tolerability. ... that stimulates new neuron growth in the hippocampus, an area ...
Cached Medicine Technology:MedShape Solutions, Inc. Announces Extension of ExoShape™ Product Line in Response to Surgeon Demand 2Neuralstem Updates NSI-189 Major Depression Trial 2Neuralstem Updates NSI-189 Major Depression Trial 3
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
... Laboratories is a national reference laboratory and ... and development. ARUP offers an extensive test ... tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned ... clients include more than half of the ...
Medicine Products: