Massachusetts “Health Care As A Right” Amendment
Amendment #2 to Massachusetts State Senate Bill S. 2202, passed November 9th, 2017.
Health Care as a Right
Amendment ID: S2202-2-R1
Messrs. Cyr, Eldridge and Barrett, Ms. Friedman, Ms. Chang-Diaz, Messrs. Brady and Hinds, Feeney, Messrs. Lesser, Boncore and Montigny, Ms. L’Italien, Ms. Forry, Messrs. Keenan, Lewis and Rush, Ms. Gobi, Messrs. Brownsberger and O’Connor and Ms. Creem move to amend the bill by inserting after section 145 the following section:
“SECTION 145A. (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the following terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly requires otherwise:-
“Single payer benchmark”, the estimated total costs of providing health care to all residents of the commonwealth under a single payer health care system in a given year.
“Single payer health care”, a system that provides publicly financed, universal access to health care for the population through a unified public health care plan.
(b) The center for health information and analysis shall recommend a methodology to develop a single payer benchmark. The single payer health care system considered under the single payer benchmark shall offer continuous, comprehensive and affordable coverage for all residents of the commonwealth regardless of income, assets, health status or availability of other health coverage. The benchmark may consider the costs of a single-payer health care system at different actuarial values, levels of cost-sharing and levels of provider reimbursement; provided however that the benchmark shall include all actuarial values, levels of cost-sharing and levels of provider reimbursement considered by the center. In developing the methodology, the center shall monitor, review and evaluate reports related to single payer health care and the performance of single payer health care systems in other states and countries.
(c) The center for health information and analysis, in conjunction with the health policy commission and the division of insurance, shall provide an annual report detailing a comparison of the actual health care expenditures in the commonwealth for 2016, 2017 and 2018 with the single payer benchmark for 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively, indicating whether the commonwealth would have saved money while expanding access to care under a single payer health care system. The first report shall be filed by not later than July 1, 2018 to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the joint committee on health care financing and the senate and house committees on ways and means.
(d) If a report under subsection (c) determines that the single payer benchmark outperformed the actual total health care expenditures in the commonwealth in 2016, 2017 or 2018 the health policy commission shall submit a proposed single payer health care implementation plan to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the joint committee on health care financing and the senate and house committees on ways and means within 1 year of the date that the report is filed. The plan may include proposed legislation to implement a single payer health care system that offers continuous, comprehensive and affordable coverage for all residents regardless of income, assets, health status or availability of other health coverage. When developing the implementation plan, the commission shall hold not less than 3 public hearings and seek stakeholder input from across the commonwealth.”.