Last week was a very busy one at the Division. In addition to hosting another APCD employer forum, we published two important reports: 2010 Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey and Health Care in Massachusetts: Key Indicators.
Like all of our other publications, these reports are the result of a data-driven, transparent process that includes extensive research, analysis, and peer review.
But most important were the news and findings in each of these reports.
In sum, Massachusetts continues to boast the lowest uninsured rates in the country. As I mentioned in a previous post, an astonishing 98.1 percent of Massachusetts residents have health insurance. Moreover, virtually all Massachusetts children have health insurance (99.8 percent) and nearly all elderly adults are covered (99.6 percent).
Another publication by the Division – Key Indicators – echoes these findings. Among other important highlights, the latest quarterly edition of this report provides updated information on cost trends in health insurance premiums, health plan financial performance during the first quarter of 2010, acute hospital financial performance during the second quarter of 2010, and community health center financial performance for fiscal year 2009. Other updates include MassHealth members ages 65 and older and enrollment in Prescription Advantage.
These data show that health care reform is working in Massachusetts.
Our ability as a state to close the gap in access to care is an extraordinary feat that must be maintained and supported.
Also, as we continue to monitor the implementation of health reform in Massachusetts, we must ensure that we continue to lower costs, improve quality, and offer full transparency to health care data. As Governor Patrick indicated in regards to the Division’s findings, “Just as we lead the Nation on coverage, we will lead the Nation to new ways to control costs for small businesses and working families.” Here at the Division, we could not agree more.
We look forward to supporting that effort to ensure access and affordability of health coverage.
As a part of our commitment to transparency and engagement in government, the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy uses several social media tools including Twitter, Blogs, and RSS feeds. We use these tools to keep you informed about the work we are doing and as a way to get feedback. You can follow us on Twitter, and you can learn more by visiting the Commonwealth Conversations: Mass Health Care blog.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
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Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
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Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
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