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Massachusetts Health Care Reform: Six Years Later

In 2006, then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed Massachusetts’ comprehensive health reform designed to provide near-universal health insurance coverage for state residents. Building on a long history of health reform efforts, the state embarked on an ambitious plan to promote shared individual, employer, and government responsibility. This brief examines Massachusetts’ experience with…

Eliminating Adult Dental Coverage in Medicaid: An Analysis of the Massachusetts Experience

This report examines the impact of Massachusetts eliminating coverage of most dental services for adults in its Medicaid program, MassHealth. The report findings include:In FY2004, 100,000 fewer MassHealth adult enrollees received dental services reimbursed by MassHealth than in FY2001, the year prior to the reductions;The number of private dentists actively…

Key Facts – Louisiana and the U.S.

Key Facts – Louisiana and the U.S. A fact sheet on the demographics and health coverage of Louisiana’s population Fact Sheet (.pdf)

Deficit Reduction Act of 2005: Implications for Medicaid

This issue brief summarizes the Medicaid provisions of the budget reconciliation law signed in February 2006 and discusses the implications of the proposed changes. The changes would net reductions of $4.8 billion over the next five years and $26.1 billion over the next ten years from current Medicaid spending. Issue…

2004 State and National Medicaid Spending Data (CMS-64)

This set of tables, prepared by the Urban Institute for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, presents the most current state-by-state information on Medicaid spending by services using data from the Centers on Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Form 64 for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2004. CMS-64 data…

New Publications on Immigrant Health Care and Linguistic Access

In 2000, there were over 32 million foreign-born residents in the U.S. Immigrants often face barriers to health coverage and health services. The disparities confronting immigrants can be similar to those faced by low-income working families generally, but immigrants also face other barriers, including linguistic issues and eligibility changes that…

Survey of People with Disabilities

People with disabilities are at risk in the health-care system because of their wide-ranging health-care needs, their relatively heavy use of prescription drugs, health-care and support services, and typically low incomes. A new survey of people with permanent mental and/or physical disabilities explores their health-care experiences and challenges in accessing…