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    Feds Should Stay Firm on Massachusetts' Medicaid Waiver

    While the Massachusetts health reform has generated a significant amount of attention, few have focused on the critical Medicaid demonstration “waiver,” which enabled the reform and was set to expire on June 30. Absent an agreement on the terms and conditions of the waiver’s renewal, last Friday the feds granted … More

    Don't Forget Those Special Payments in Massachusetts

    On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal published an editorial on the Massachusetts health reform that, among other things, highlighted the roughly 150 million dollar cost overrun. Unfortunately, the Journal joined other media outlets in missing the real story. What was left out of the editorial, and other media coverage thus … More

    Another Federal Bailout?

    First Bear Stearns, then Fannie and Freddie … and now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? Last week Massachusetts received another short-term extension of its Medicaid waiver—which in part funds the state’s health care reform — until next Monday (July 28th) because the terms and conditions of its renewal are still pending. … More

    Why Massachusetts Is Important to Health Care Reform

    Officials in Boston and Washington are currently negotiating the renewal of Massachusetts’ Medicaid waiver, which funds a large portion of the state’s landmark health reform law. After a short-term extension was granted two weeks ago, talks are scheduled to end on Monday. In a recent memo, Ed Haislmaier and I … More