Public Policymakers Guide to Reducing Health Care Costs: The Massachusetts Experience

Senator Richard Moore provides an outline of the parts of Massachusetts health reform that work to contain costs and improve quality, rebutting critics that say the state reform’s primary goal was to expand coverage. In the last slides, he highlights the tobacco cessation program began by Massachusetts Medicaid in 2005. Among Medicaid enrollees, smoking rates decreased by 26 percent.

Public Policymakers Guide to Reducing Health Care Costs
Saturday, Dec.4 | 10-11:30 a.m.

As states expand access to health insurance coverage under federal health reform, big questions remain about how to simultaneously improve health care quality and slow the growth in health costs. Some states have implemented innovative comprehensive programs to address these elusive policy goals. Presenters discussed successful examples in the areas of administrative efficiencies, prevention and wellness, patient-centered health homes and payment reforms that can easily be replicated in your state.

Public Policymakers Guide to Reducing Health Care Costs


Sen. Richard T. Moore of Massachusetts serves as the Senate chairman of the influential Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in the Massachusetts General Court. The eight-term senator's imprint can be found on nearly every piece of health care legislation enacted in Massachusetts since 1999. Widely acknowledged for his leadership in state health care policy and his strong advocacy for patient safety and reduction of medical errors, Moore was among the principal architects of the landmark 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law. Moore was a nine-term member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Senator Moore is an educational administrator and faculty member at Bridgewater, Mass., State College. He is the current president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clark University, master’s degree from Colgate University, and an honorary doctor of science degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.