Dates of Project: August 2006 through January 2012
Field of Work: Consumer advocacy in health care reform in Massachusetts
Problem Synopsis: In 2006, Massachusetts passed a landmark law to expand affordable health insurance to most of the commonwealth's 530,000 uninsured residents. The ambitious law included an individual mandate, with government subsidies to make insurance affordable for people with low incomes. While hospitals, providers, and insurers had a solid base of support to advocate for their positions, consumers lacked an organized voice to ensure they were heard as the law was implemented.
Synopsis of the Work: Health Care for All organized and trained consumers to participate in decision-making as health reform was implemented in Massachusetts, and prepared materials to educate consumers, advocates, and policy-makers about coverage and quality of care. The group also involved consumers in helping to reform the way in which doctors, hospitals and other providers are paid.
Key Results: The project: