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Chamber submits testimony regarding proposed employer health care assessment and MassHealth reforms

Today, July 25th, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Ways & Means and the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing regarding the employer assessment and MassHealth reform proposals included in Governor Baker's amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget, attachment F to H3800.

Since the employer assessment was originally proposed in January by the Governor, the Chamber has consistently stated that any assessment on employers should be limited to address the challenge cited by the Administration—employers unfairly shifting employees onto MassHealth, causing growth in enrollment and in the cost of the state’s Medicaid program. We continue to maintain that additional analysis is needed to better understand the prevalence of this behavior and the circumstances under which it occurs. The Chamber strongly believes that employers who provide quality health insurance benefits and have no employees on MassHealth should not be penalized.

The proposals before the Legislature are complex and will have long-term implications on the state’s budget and our ability to continue to provide affordable health care coverage to all residents of the Commonwealth. The Chamber maintains that this is a conversation that cannot be rushed, and that we must work together towards systematic solutions to address the rising costs of both our public and private health care markets. 

View the Chamber's entire letter of testimony here