Baker’s insurance idea based on ‘flawed premise’

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By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Telegram

The draft policy brief, obtained by the News Service, contends the "more plausible explanation" for the enrollment growth that has put severe pressure on state finances is that Massachusetts underestimated the number of people from a variety of backgrounds who would become eligible under the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion and the success of enrollment outreach programs. The Taxpayers Foundation also asserts that the assessment would land on employers who are doing nothing to contribute to MassHealth enrollment growth, and could expose the state to a lawsuit for running afoul of federal law that limits a state's ability to regulate private employer-sponsored health plans.
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