The Impact of Health Reform on Business in Massachusetts

September 04, 2012
Massachusetts Business Leaders Discuss Implementing Health Reform Over Six Years; National Experts Share Perspectives on How the Affordable Care Act Can Affect Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host a discussion among Massachusetts business leaders about their role in shaping, implementing, and sustaining health reform in the Commonwealth.
With six years of implementation under their belts and an estimated 98 percent insurance rate in the state, Massachusetts business leaders will explain their belief that working closely with policy-makers and other stakeholders on reform has resulted in better outcomes than if they had stayed on the sidelines. They also will share their experiences that despite expectations to the contrary, health reform has not had a negative impact on jobs or business in their state, and discuss how having the majority of state residents covered serves as a catalyst for addressing their rising health care costs. (Note that a report providing additional insight will be released at the event.)
Joined by national experts, they will discuss what the Massachusetts experience may mean for the business community nationwide as the Affordable Care Act is implemented over the next 18 months.  
The event is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 
Monday, September 10, 2012
3 to 4:30 p.m. 
A reception and opportunity for additional conversation will follow the program.  
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium (4th Floor) 
Washington, D.C.
Those interested in attending should RSVP online at
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or
•Richard C. Lord – President and CEO, Associated Industries of Massachusetts
•Michael J. Widmer – President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
•Jack Connors, Jr. – Chair Emeritus, Hill Holliday and Chair Emeritus, Partners HealthCare
•Mary Ella Payne – Vice President, System Legislative Leadership, Ascension Health
•Linda J. Blumberg – Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
•David A. Thomas – Dean and William R. Berkley Chair, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business – MODERATOR
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality.