Massachusetts governor proposes Medicaid “fair share” fee on employers not providing minimum medical coverage

In order to discourage avoidable enrollment in MassHealth and slow rising costs in the state’s Medicaid program, which now accounts for nearly 40 percent of state spending, Baker has proposed in his budget a $2,000 per employee “fair share” assessment on Massachusetts employers with 11 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTE), or employees that work 35 hours per week, whose health coverage does not meet certain requirements. The Baker Administration has argued that some of the increase in MassHealth spending is driven by employed individuals enrolling in MassHealth rather than employer-sponsored insurance, and Baker’s proposal aims to reverse this trend.

Source: 2017 Health Care Policy Debates Ramp Up in Massachusetts – Lexology


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