Sustaining Health Care Reform in Massachusetts (and Beyond)

November 15, 2010

Monday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Allison Dining Room, 5th floor, Taubman Building, 15 Eliot Street

Jon Kingsdale, former Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector

Comments by David Cutler, Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University and Senior Health Care Advisor to the Obama campaign

While Massachusetts’ groundbreaking health-care reform law greatly reduced the number of uninsured people in the state and provided a model for national health-care reform, many key challenges must still be addressed at both the state and national levels. Most notably, the state’s efforts to revamp payment systems in ways that might restrain the growth in health-care costs have stalled while premiums for health insurance have continued to rise, particularly for small businesses. Looking forward, what can the state do to address these issues and what does the states’ experience suggest about national health-care reform as well?

Co-sponsored by the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy