Today a group of Massachusetts business leaders spoke in DC on the Impact of Health Reform on Business in Massachusetts. Speakers included Jack Connors, Chair Emeritus, Hill Holiday; Richard Lord, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Massachusetts; and Michael Widmer, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Simultaneously, Associated Industries, the Mass Business Roundtable, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Taxpayers Foundation released a report, Business Community Participation in Health Reform: The Massachusetts Experience (pdf).
The report includes statements from a number of business owners, both large and small, speaking about the impact of health reform on their firm. It also summarizes recent research on the impact of reform, including data on impact on insurance coverage, the state budget, and employer-provided coverage (see excerpt above). The report highlights the strong participation by business in implementation, and credits chapter 58 with setting the stage for the cost control discussion culminating in this year’s chapter 224.
Employers play a crucial role in the shared responsibility construct of health reform. Today’s forum and this report will let their counterparts in other states know about the value they received.