Policy Documents

MSAs and the States: Growth from the Grassroots

Molly Hering Bordonaro –
January 6, 2001

In this policy analysis/brief analysis, the authors contends that while health care reform apparently has been assigned a low priority on the congressional agenda this year, the states have been aggressively and successfully moving toward free-market reform. legislation allowing Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) has been introduced or enacted in a majority of the states. Meanwhile, Washington and Minnesota have repealed the government-run health care reforms they had previously enacted. These developments are an epilogue to the 1993-94 health care debate, which centered around President Clinton's attempt to overhaul the nation's health care system.