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  • The Affordable Care Act introduced numerous reforms aimed at helping small businesses provide health benefits for their employees—and it’s poised to take those reforms a step further next year by expanding the definition of small group to include mid-sized employers.

  • This webinar explored health plan strategies for improving pediatric preventive care by promoting Bright Futures guidelines through provider networks and directly to members.

  • We’ve all heard about the eye-popping price tags: cancer drugs that cost $14,000 a month, new hepatitis C drugs pegged at $84,000 for a course of treatment.

  • Each year millions of children miss screenings, immunizations and well visits despite the lifelong benefits of preventive care in childhood. The Affordable Care Act expands coverage of all preventive services recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in the Bright Futures guidelines.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation has published a report evaluating the evidence base for interventions to address the social determinants of health.

  • The emergence of new online tools—built by journalists, for journalists—has made it easier than ever to visualize health care data. With the power to build charts comes the responsibility to portray information accurately and in a way that enhances the story for your readers.

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Expert Voices: The Role of Individual Mandates in Health Reform

Jonathan Gruber, PhD, Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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January 2009

With 46 million people uninsured in America, providing access to health care for all has been touted as a critical goal for health reform in the new Administration. The role that individual mandates may play in the path towards universal coverage has been fiercely debated. Massachusetts legislated a mandate for adults in 2006, and an individual mandate features prominently in several national reform proposals. Despite broad attention being paid to the topic, much of the discussion of mandates has occurred without thorough consideration of the evidence. In this essay, Gruber explores the primary arguments for and against individual mandates and the challenges faced in their design and implementation. Then pulling strongly from the Massachusetts experience, he examines evidence on the effectiveness of individual mandates in practice.

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