The Division of Health Care Finance and Policy released their long-awaited report on Massachusetts firms with 50 or more workers using MassHealth, Commonwealth Care or the Uncompensated Care Pool (the report and all the supporting data is here)
The bottom line is two very big numbers: 474,134 people, $636.8 million.
That’s how many people who worked for these large firms received health benefits, and how much the Commonwealth spent providing them with health coverage.
We will provide further analysis in the coming days.
The report provides a clear guidepost to real shared responsibility, and a solution to the financing challenges of health reform broadly and Commonwealth Care specifically. Thus far, consumers, taxpayers, and the state have stepped up to the plate by taking on increased costs through higher premiums and co-pays. However, the burden can’t be placed solely on consumers and the state.
This is not about demonizing the employers on the list (Walmart, Stop and Shop, Bank of America and so on). Rather, it’s recognizing that many employers are benefiting from state health assistance programs. It is only fair for those employers to contribute to part of the cost of the benefit they are receiving.
(PS – Health Care For All wrote the legislative provision requiring the report annually)