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National Lessons from State Health Reform: The Massachusetts Case Study

Congress to hear from expert panel WEDNESDAY, 2 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ --

    What   A Congressional forum organized by the Leadership Conference for
           Guaranteed Healthcare. In the last two decades more than a half
           dozen state health reform acts have attempted to provide universal
           healthcare coverage. Critical analysis of these models is highly
           significant to the national reform debate. The February 25 forum
           will consider the most recent state healthcare overhaul this
           country has seen. What can we learn from Massachusetts and is it a
           model for national health policy?

           The "Massachusetts model" includes many of the policy features
           currently being considered in national healthcare reform,
           including individual mandates, subsidized private insurance for
           low-income individuals, employer "play or pay" provisions, and the
           creation of an insurance exchange designed to promote competition
           and encourage insurers to offer adequate and affordable coverage.
           AFL-CIO President John Sweeney (4/15/06) put it this way: "Who
           would have thought that Massachusetts the Newt Gingrich playbook
           for healthcare reform?  Forcing uninsured workers to purchase
           healthcare coverage or face higher taxes and fines is the
           cornerstone of Mr. Gingrich's healthcare reform proposals.  And it
           is unconscionable that Massachusetts has adopted this misguided
           individual mandate."

           In order to provide a multifaceted view of the Massachusetts
           reform, the forum will follow the format of a congressional
           hearing. Rep. Eric Massa [NY-29] will chair the forum. Panelists
           will present testimony, followed by questions from members of
           Congress, staff, and the 
SOURCE Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Healthcare
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