Health Care For All: MassHealth charts prepared by UMass Medical School detail enrollment, spending trends

April 11, 2014

MassHealth cares for more than half of state residents with disabilities and has increased its per capita spending one percent over the past five years, according to a Health Care For All blog post about a series of charts created by UMass Medical School.

The chart pack, MassHealth: The Basics - Facts, Trends and National Context, was created by a team from the Center for Health Law and Economics, a unit within UMass Medical School's Commonwealth Medicine division: Robert W. Seifert, MPA, principal associate; Carol Gyurina, MMHS, health policy associate; and Kate Russell, MA, policy analyst. The chart pack was released by the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, a program of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

In a post on Health Care for All's Healthy Blog, Research Director Brian Rosman summarizes the chart pack’s findings: nearly two-thirds of the program's spending is for the care of members who are seniors or have disabilities, the program’s spending growth is related to an increase in members, not spending per member and more care is being provided in community-based settings.

The charts include enrollment data as of December 31, 2014, spending from Fiscal Year 2013, and eligibility rules under the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. The chart pack updates previous sets developed by Center staff in June 2012 and October 20111.