The journal Health Affairs on its Web site published a series of six articles addressing the implications of a Massachusetts law that requires state residents to maintain health insurance, with the lead articles saying that the full significance of the plan will remain unclear until the law is fully implemented.
According to the articles, Massachusetts' low uninsurance rate and small population make it easier to implement such a law, but provisions of the law -- including the merger of the individual and small-group insurance markets in the state -- offer examples for other states and the federal government to consider in undertaking their own health care reform efforts.
Headlines and links for the articles are provided below.
- "The Third Wave Of Massachusetts Health Care Access Reform" (McDonough et al., Health Affairs, 9/14).
- "Massachusetts Health Care Reform: A Look at the Issues" (Holahan/Blumberg, Health Affairs, 9/14).
- "Massachusetts Reform Plus President Bush's Tax Credits: A National Model?" (Etheredge, Health Affairs, 9/14).
- "Massachusetts Health Reform: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder" (McGlynn/Wasserman, Health Affairs, 9/14).
- "Massachusetts: More Mirage Than Miracle" (Miller, Health Affairs, 9/14).
- "The Massachusetts Model: An Artful Balance" (Turnbull, Health Affairs, 9/14).