An Act Establishing A Public Health Insurance Option


Directs Commonwealth Connector Authority to offer a public health benefits plan – the “public health insurance option” – to eligible individuals and large groups, to ensure choice, competition, and stability of affordable, high quality coverage throughout Massachusetts; requires that the public option (a) be made available exclusively through the Commonwealth Connector, alongside health benefit plans receiving the Connector seal of approval, (b) meet all the requirements established for health benefit plans to receive the Commonwealth Connector seal of approval, (c) meet the Connector’s standards for minimum creditable coverage; regulates definitions related to the public health option; requires that only Medicaid managed care organizations administer the public option; authorizes the Commonwealth Connector Board to establish the premium rates for the public health insurance option 


Senator Jamie Eldridge

Current Status:

Referred to Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.  Hearing held on October 22 at 1 pm.

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