Health Care for All: A Discussion with the Massachusetts Commonwealth Health Connector

Date: 

Thursday, November 5, 2009 (All day)

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Rosemarie Day, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

About the Seminar
As the United States explores ways to expand access and reduce costs to health care, Massachusetts is a key focus of the national debate. The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is the independent state authority that is charged with increasing the pool of citizens with health insurance in Massachusetts, a central mandate of the states health reform law of 2006 requiring that all Massachusetts adults must purchase health insurance if they can afford it. The Connector is a public-private hybrid entity that combines funding from both government and private insurance agencies to operate.

The Connector offers residents two coverage programs: CommCare, a subsidized coverage plan for low-income adults who previously could not afford non-group coverage and were not eligible for employer-sponsored insurance or Medicaid; and CommChoice, a commercial insurance tool for individuals and small businesses designed to reduce the cost of plans through managed competition.

Since the Connectors inception, the program and other elements of reform have lowered the states uninsured rate to only 2.6 percent as of 2008, well under half of pre-reform levels in Massachusetts.

The program is a 2009 Innovations in American Government Award winner.

About Rosemarie Day
As Deputy Director & COO, Rosemarie Day developed the implementation strategy for many of the key pieces of the Massachusetts landmark health care reform legislation. Prior to joining the Connector, Day served as chief of staff to the Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. Day brings over 12 years of leadership experience in Massachusetts state government to the Connector. She served as the chief operating officer for the MassHealth program which provides Medicaid coverage to one million people in Massachusetts.

About the Innovations in Government Seminar Series
This event is part of the Innovation in Government Seminar Series, which explores various aspects and approaches to the study of the replication of government innovations. This year-long series seeks to educate and inform the next generation of government innovators and explore how innovation replicates.