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The Massachusetts Health Care Law: How Are We Doing?

March 11, 2009

Regis College panel free and open to the public

Just 2.6 percent of the people of Massachusetts are without health insurance, the lowest rate of uninsured in the nation. Many other states are looking to Massachusetts as a model. But three years into our groundbreaking health care law, unemployment is up, jobs have disappeared and, with them, employer-paid coverage. Will the individual mandate to buy health insurance continue to work? What will be the impact of the recession on the progress Massachusetts had made in covering the uninsured?

Regis College continues its Leadership Series on Health with a Massachusetts Health Reform Update on Wednesday, March 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Upper Student Union Lounge.

Join moderator Mary Jane England, MD, President, Regis College, and expert presenters as they discuss the effect of the health care law on the state budget, the impact on hospitals, health care professionals and the public, and proposals on how to continue to pay for the plan. Dr. England has observed “how important it is in the challenging economic environment of recession to continue to track the reform and sustain it. The good news.” she continued, “is that Jon Kingsdale has been working with the US Congress on national reform and that stimulus money is also likely to bolster MA healthcare reform for those on Medicaid and the newly uninsured and unemployed.”

The panel will include

  • Jon Kingsdale, PhD, Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority
  • Mary Ann Hart, RN, MSN, NP-C, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Regis College and Consultant, Public Policy Institute, Boston, Ma.
  • Michael S. Jellinek, MD, President, Newton Wellesley Hospital
  • Kay Khan, RN, MS, CS, State Representative for the 11th Middlesex District in Newton, Ma.


The Regis College Leadership Series on Health was established in 2007 by President Mary Jane England, MD, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. The unique series of lectures designed to challenge the community to develop new skills to build awareness of contemporary health and wellness issues and learn to effect positive change. The second lecture for Spring 2009 will explore the causes and challenges of “Autism” (April 29, 2009). On October 28, "Families of Depressed Patients" will be presented, and on November 18, "Obesity/A Cultural and Societal Perspective."

The lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration by the Friday prior to each lecture is available, and preferred, for nurses and social workers who wish to earn free contact hours. The series is hosted in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. For more information, call 781-768-7001, or e-mail presidents.lectureseries@regiscollege.edu. Regis College is located at 235 Wellesley St., Weston.

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