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Massachusetts uninsured want coverage but face key barriers

Most uninsured individuals in Massachusetts want health coverage, but affordability, eligibility for subsidies and challenges with the application process are key barriers to obtaining a health plan, according to the Blue Crosse Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Health insurers tackling the opioid epidemic

Several health insurance companies in Massachusetts are taking steps to counter the growing opioid epidemic, including hiring social workers to help support patients who are in recovery, according to a  NPR  report.

Mixed results for Massachusetts efforts to integrate mental healthcare

An alternative payment model aimed at driving care coordination did not improve coordination or care quality for patients with mental illnesses, but it did not hurt their access to care either, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Massachusetts insurers say ACA, pricey drugs to blame for financial losses

Many Massachusetts health insurers are struggling to make profits after experiencing financial challenges last year, the  Boston Business Journal  reports.

Massachusetts insurers need to beef up price transparency efforts

The three biggest insurers in Massachusetts--Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Harvard Pilgrim and Tufts Health Plan--should all improve their price transparency efforts required under state law, according to an evaluation from advocacy group Health Care for All.

To recoup losses, nonprofit insurer eyes crowded commercial market

Boston-based Neighborhood Health Plan, best known for managing the care of low-income Medicaid patients, is accelerating a push into the crowded large-employer market.

Insurers look to specialty drugs, efficiency incentives to moderate ACA costs

As the Affordable Care Act continues to negatively impact insurers in Massachusetts, sometimes causing major financial hits, they're taking specific steps to regain financial stability.

BCBSMA approves mastectomy coverage amid policy confusion

An updated Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts policy blindsided a patient recently because it would not cover the full cost of a her mastectomy, saying removing the breast without cancer was unnecessary.

Massachusetts insurers experienced shaky 2014

It was a tough 2014 for three of Massachusetts' largest insurers.

Alternative quality care contracts can be 'backbone' for payment reform

The alternative quality care contract that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has had in place since 2009 could serve as a payment reform "backbone" for other insurers as they increasingly reward quality, efficient care, according to a new report from Avalere Health.