Policy Center

Welcome to the Health Connector's Policy Center

National health care reform (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or the ACA) is a major step forward toward making health insurance more accessible and affordable for people in the United States. Here in Massachusetts, which laid the groundwork for national health reform, the new national law strengthens and even expands upon the health care improvements that Massachusetts residents have enjoyed since health reform was implemented here in 2006.

National Health Care Reform

National Health Care Reform

In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA will ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and will transform the health care system to improve care and contain costs and promote transparency and competition in the market.

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Massachusetts: Leading the Way

Massachusetts Health Reform

Massachusetts led the nation in 2006 by initiating comprehensive health reform. The state established the Massachusetts Health Connector, a Marketplace designed to make affordable health insurance available to more people. Massachusetts continues to have the highest rate of health insurance coverage in the nation.

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Reports & Publications

National Health Care Reform

Visit this section to read annual reports, surveys, research, and more about Health Connector programs, policies, and health care reform. Share and download educational information and brochures.


Rules & Regulations

Rules and Regulations

Here, you may find Health Connector regulations, Administrative Bulletins, and the full text of the 2006 Massachusetts Health Care Reform law, and access the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Student Health Insurance

Student Health Insurance

Every full-time and part-time student enrolled in an institution of higher learning in Massachusetts must participate in a Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage. Visit this section to learn more.



Read and download polices for the Health Connector’s non-group and group health and dental plans. Our policies are organized by category and product type. From time to time, our policies may change.

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Scheduled WEEKEND Maintenance:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is undergoing maintenance on the Federal Data Services Hub on Saturday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m. through Tuesday, May 28 at 8:00 a.m.  What does this mean for me?