Affordable Care Act Cost Compliance

Mr. Tarr moved that the bill be amended by inserting, after Section__, the following new Section:-

“SECTION__. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the executive office of health and human services, in collaboration with the commonwealth health insurance connector, the center for health information and analysis, and the health policy commission shall, in increments of time not greater than 6 months, and for a period of not less than 4 years following the passage of this act, develop analyses of the cost impacts to the citizens, policyholders, employers, patients and state and municipal governments of the commonwealth of compliance with the federal Affordable Care Act. Such analyses shall include but not be limited to such factors as insurance premiums, copayments and deductibles, the impact the Affordable Care Act has on the state’s ability to comply with state law limiting increases in medical spending to the overall economic growth rate in Massachusetts, and the costs associated with compliance and reporting of said Act. Such analyses shall be reported, together with any recommendations to reduce, mitigate or eliminate such cost impacts, with the clerks of the house and senate and the joint committee on health care financing, and shall be made available to the general public by electronic posting so as to provide convenient and searchable access to such analyses.”