Mass., Tenn. provide test cases for federal reform

AP Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson takes a look at health care reform in Massachusetts and Tennessee and how the coverage plans in those states can inform Congress’ approach to a nationwide expansion of health coverage.

In Massachusetts, Johnson reports, folks adopted a coverage first, cost second approach, with the assumption that once universal coverage was in place, it would be easier to use that leverage to pare down costs.

The Tennessee method, on the other hand, was to provide a limited, cautious program at first with the understanding that it would be gradually expanded if possible.

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