…The one solution not on the table is the one that is the most obvious: Increase the assessment on employers who do not provide health insurance for their workers. The law now requires only that employers of 50 or more people kick in $295 per worker per year for the state to help provide it. Just how paltry that amount is became clear when we learned that insurers expect individuals to pay $380 in premiums per month….
So, where are Ms. McNamara’s suggestions on what she rightly identifies as the essential missing ingredient: meaningful cost control measures? Many of us here at BMG passionately want the goal of affordable quality coverage for all to work and have put forth suggestions to this end, but maybe Ms. McNamara hasn’t had a chance to read thru them…yet. 🙂
Here’s a good resource for state health system cost control work currently underway but largely being ignored by the leges “leadership”: MassCare. Why? hint: Follow the money trail.