The State of Health Coverage for the Elderly in Massachusetts: Affordability, Access and Satisfaction
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation hosted an event to discuss affordability of, access to and satisfaction with health care among seniors in Massachusetts. There are almost one million seniors in MA and while most enjoy broad coverage and protection against the cost of many health care services through Medicare, they may also face significant gaps, finding themselves responsible for substantial deductibles, coinsurance and copayments. This can put incredible strain on seniors, forcing tough choices and leaving them vulnerable.
The event included:
- A presentation of July, 2015 survey results assessing the perspectives of seniors on the issues of affordability of, access to and satisfaction with their health care coverage by Robert Blendon of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
- A presentation by Nancy Turnbull of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health providing an overview of the many private and public coverage programs available to seniors to help fill the gaps in Medicare.
Followed by a panel discussion.