Posted by Fox Sports on Tuesday, March 13, 2019 11:57:23In a new series, Fox Sports examines how Massachusetts has grown into a state with the nation’s highest health care costs, with some health care workers struggling to make ends meet.
The state also has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the nation.
In the past, Gov.
Charlie Baker’s administration and state legislators were eager to make health care coverage universal.
Now, with the advent of the Affordable Care Act, it’s clear that that was not a goal at all.
Baker has faced criticism from some lawmakers and former officials for not making universal health care a top priority.
Now his administration is hoping to make the most of an opportunity to expand Medicaid in Massachusetts, a program that provides health care to the poor and disabled.
“We’ve had a tremendous amount of success,” said Dr. Jeffrey Egan, chief of the department of preventive medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“The people we’ve served, our patients, our families have come out of this process very happy.”
In January, Massachusetts became the first state to expand coverage to people who don’t have health insurance through the federal government.
Baker signed a bill into law that gave people with pre-existing conditions a right to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, which is currently capped at $2,500.
The law will cost Massachusetts more than $6 billion over the next two years.
In order to make a dent in the rising cost, Baker said in a speech in February that he would like to see health care insurance available through the Medicaid program.
However, with just 2.7 million residents, Massachusetts will have to expand to cover the entire population of the state.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, more than 8 million people were uninsured in the state in 2015.
In addition to Medicaid expansion, the Affordable Health Care Act will give millions of people a way to pay for medical care through their employers.
According to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, in Massachusetts employers have to pay an average of $2.16 for every $1 they spend on employees’ premiums.
Additionally, employers will have a new incentive to cover workers who need coverage, including people who have been laid off.
In an effort to help people get better health care choices, the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services recently introduced a new plan that offers a discount on premiums for the first six months of coverage.
To qualify for the discount, a patient must have a pre-specified condition that requires the use of a health care device and meet a certain age limit.
The plan will be available to individuals who are between 19 and 35, and people who are 60 years old or older.
The Affordable Care Care Act is expected to add another $6.9 billion to the Massachusetts budget in 2019, but the state expects to run out of money in 2020.
“We don’t need more money, we need more support,” Baker said.