In our most recent blog we reported that Governor Baker had proposed four Massachusetts insurance market reforms to help close a $600 million shortfall in the MassHealth budget for 2018. One of the reforms would have assessed an employer with 11 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTEs) $2,000 per FTE not covered by the employer’s plan. The budget put forth by the House, however, does not include Governor Baker’s proposed assessment. Rather, the House plan calls for the administration to hold public hearings to obtain more input from businesses before implementing any assessment.
We continue to hear that Governor Baker is open to compromise. Your PS&A team will update you on the proposal as new developments occur.