TITLE

On The Road To Universal Coverage: Impacts Of Reform In Massachusetts At One Year

AUTHOR(S)
Long, Sharon K.
PUB. DATE
July 2008
SOURCE
Health Affairs;Jul/Aug2008 Web Exclusives, Vol. 27, pw270
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In April 2006, Massachusetts passed legislation intended to move the state to near-universal coverage within three years and, in conjunction with that expansion, to improve access to affordable, high-quality health care. In roughly the first year under reform, uninsurance among working-age adults was reduced by almost half among those surveyed, dropping from 13 percent in fall 2006 to 7 percent in fall 2007. At the same time, access to care improved, and the share of adults with high out-of-pocket costs and problems paying medical bills dropped. Despite higher-than-anticipated costs, most residents of the state continued to support reform.
ACCESSION #
44328122

 

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