Health Policy Research Update
A paper in the journal Health Affairs finds that states looking to Massachusetts as an example of health care reform can build on two key principles of the plan: moving the private insurance system toward a single market and shifting state health care spending to focus on consumers rather than providers. Massachusetts in April approved a law that requires residents to maintain health insurance coverage.
The authors note that states can alter the main components of the legislation, depending on demographics, the current health system structure and political environment.
This week's Health Policy Research Update also includes:
- Research on factors contributing to eligible children dropping enrollment in public insurance programs; and
- Hospitals' participation in pay-for-performance programs.