Massachusetts Miracle

Insurance brokers fear new state agency

Mark Hollmer, Boston Business Journal, December 7, 2007 Insurance
brokers accuse the state's Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector
Authority of undercutting competition with plans to start marketing
products to businesses with 50 or fewer employees beginning next spring
- even if those businesses already offer coverage. State officials
insist they are simply complying with the law, but brokers say the plan
goes well beyond the Connector's original mandate to make sure people
who have never had insurance before find coverage. ... MA

Massachusetts tax group sees big healthcare hit to employers

Martin Finucane, Boston Globe, December 7, 2007 Employers will spend an
estimated $175 million more a year for health insurance under the
state's healthcare reform law, according to a report released yesterday
by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The increase in costs will
include $150 million as more employees accept coverage and $24 million
for new prescription drug benefits, according to the report, "An
Analysis of the Essential Role of Employers in Massachusetts Health
Care Reform." ... Massachusetts

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