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Health Care Reform Report
Health Care Reform: Lessons Learned from Massachusetts and How They Might Apply to the ACA

Introduction
For the past several years, Massachusetts (MA) has led the country in implementing health reform policies aimed at increasing individual, employer and government accountability in the provision of health insurance coverage. The purpose of this report is to analyze the outcomes of MA reform to date, determine what lessons to learn from the MA experience, and determine whether these lessons are appropriate measures of what may happen as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Massachusetts Health Care Reform: A Background
Prior to 2006, MA implemented several other health-related policies that ultimately made the transition to near-universal
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(2011). The Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved March 26, 2013, from www.mass.gov/eohhs
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