Public Policy Government

Public Policy Government Paper

The Massachusetts health care reform act of 2006 is important because it provided a state-level foundation for the national healthcare reform law passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Obama in 2010 (known as “Obamacare”).  The Massachusetts and Obamacare reforms include some similar provisions such as mandating that all individuals be covered by health insurance or face a financial penalty and a prohibition on insurance companies denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions (such as Diabetes and cancer).  In 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Congress hope to repeal with national healthcare reforms.  It is unclear how a repeal might impact Massachusetts, which had a stand-alone policy prior to Obamacare.

Please review source of information for the Massachusetts health care reform act that are listed below.  You  may also need to do additional searches to find information to write the paper.  Please be sure to review the Rubric for policy case 2 and address all items on the Rubric in your paper.

There is no page requirement for this paper.  Papers in previous semesters have usually been 2-3 pages long.  I prefer 1.5 line spacing; double-spacing is fine though.

Please use the five phases of the policy process to analyze the policy (e.g., problem identification, policy formulation, policy adoption, policy implementation, and policy evaluation).  In addition, in the evaluation section, please apply relevant evaluation criteria such as efficiency, effectiveness, adequacy, and equity, to analyze the success of the policy.

*** Rubric and powerpoint is attached

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