Drew Altman takes stock of the ACA; Access, affordability gaps remain in Massachusetts

> In a blog post for the Wall Street Journal, Kaiser Family Foundation President Drew Altman takes a look at where the Affordable Care Act stands six years after it passed. Post

> While nearly all adults in Massachusetts are insured, "persistant gaps in healthcare access and affordability" remain for many of those who are covered, according to the 2015 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey. Report

> Employers that fail to offer their workers health insurance will face a higher fine in 2017--one projection puts the number at $2,260 per full-time employee, Business Insurance reports. Article

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> Rural hospitals have been on the brink of financial disaster for years, but it seems that some aid may be coming from both state and federal lawmakers. Article

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> Physicians participating in the Medicaid EHR incentive program are progressing more slowly than those participating on the Medicare side of the program, creating disparities, according to a new report. Article

And finally… No need to cut the grass, at least. Article