Health Reform in Massachusetts: An Update on Insurance Coverage and Support for Reform as of Fall 2008

Health Reform in Massachusetts: An Update on Insurance Coverage and Support for Reform as of Fall 2008

September 11, 2009

Massachusetts began an ambitious push toward near universal health insurance coverage in 2006. This policy brief provides an update of the impacts of health reform in Massachusetts on insurance coverage as of Fall 2008 for working-age adults, the primary target population of the reform initiative, along with an update on support for health reform in the state. Findings demonstrate that the state has achieved its goal of near universal health insurance coverage and that state residents continue to show strong support for health reform, even in the face of increasing program costs and the recession that began in December 2007. Given the success of the coverage expansion, Massachusetts policymakers are turning to the next phase of health reform - reigning in health care costs.

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