The federal health reform website, HealthCare.gov, has a wealth of information about the ACA and implementation.
They just posted a comprehensive state-by-state summary of who has been helped by the implementation of the ACA so far. The Massachusetts page has an impressive catalog of impacts, including a summary of all the federal grant funds Massachusetts has received. Among the highlights:
Providing new coverage options for young adults
Health plans are now required to allow parents to keep their children under age 26 without job-based coverage on their family’s coverage, and, thanks to this provision, 2.5 million young people have gained coverage nationwide. As of June 2011, 20,294 young adults in Massachusetts gained insurance coverage as a result of the new health care law.
Making prescription drugs affordable for seniors
Thanks to the new health care law, 70,524 people with Medicare in Massachusetts received a $250 rebate to help cover the cost of their prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole in 2010. In 2011, 62,831 people with Medicare received a 50 percent discount on their covered brand-name prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole. This discount resulted in an average savings of $587 per person, and a total savings of $36,897,940 in Massachusetts. By 2020, the law will close the donut hole.
Covering preventive services with no deductible or co-pay
In 2011, 780,099 people with Medicare in Massachusetts received free preventive services – such as mammograms and colonoscopies – or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor. And 54 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 1,324,000 in Massachusetts.
Preventing illness and promoting health
Since 2010, Massachusetts has received $42.7 million in grants from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the Affordable Care Act. This new fund was created to support effective policies in Massachusetts, its communities, and nationwide so that all Americans can lead longer, more productive lives.
Increasing support for community health centers
The Affordable Care Act increases the funding available to community health centers in all 50 states, including the 292 existing community health center sites in Massachusetts. Health centers in Massachusetts have received $73.3 million to create new health center sites in medically underserved areas, enable health centers to increase the number of patients served, expand preventive and primary health care services, and support major construction and renovation projects.
Strengthening partnerships with Massachusetts
The law gives states support for their work to build the health care workforce, crack down on fraud, and support public health. So far, Massachusetts has received more than $189.6 million from the Affordable Care Act. (Note: Details on the Commonwealth’s grants are on the state site, mass.gov/nationalhealthreform)