Structural Racism and Racial Inequities in Health

Lack of access to quality, affordable health care is created and compounded by structural racism and prevents people from achieving positive health outcomes. Our emerging grant program and policy analysis agenda aim to understand and disrupt structural racism to eliminate inequities in health care access, quality, and outcomes.

This is a new focus area for the Foundation and this section will be updated as the work evolves. Publications currently found in this section are related to our previous focus area on Social Equity and Health.

Coverage and Care

Coverage does not always equal care. Our focus is on expanding health insurance coverage and access to care, and developing strategies to increase coverage to reach those most in need.

Medicaid

A comprehensive source for independent, nonpartisan research and analysis about MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program.

Behavioral Health

Access to behavioral health is uneven and consumers often have difficulty getting the right combination of care when they need it. Our focus is on exploring methods that expand access and eliminate barriers to integrating behavioral and physical health care.

UPDATED! Promoting Access to Care and Coverage During a Public Health Crisis: COVID-19–Related Changes Affecting MassHealth, Health Connector, and Health Safety Net

Massachusetts, with support from the federal government, has implemented several policy and programmatic changes intended to promote continued access to health care services and health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This table serves as a centralized resource that documents and describes the policy, regulatory, and administrative actions pertaining to MassHealth, Health Connector programs, and the Health Safety Net.

A Primer on the Dual Eligible Population in Massachusetts

Of the more than 1.8 million people enrolled in MassHealth, Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, one in five are dually eligible and receive health care coverage through two distinct payers – Medicare and MassHealth. This educational primer was developed to build a deeper understanding of the dual eligible population in Massachusetts. It illustrates the diversity of dual eligible individuals’ clinical and functional needs, service utilization, and spending patterns.

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