Impact of Health Reform on Underinsurance in Massachusetts

Impact of Health Reform on Underinsurance in Massachusetts

Do the Insured Have Adequate Protection?
October 16, 2008

Although health insurance coverage rose dramatically in the past year in Massachusetts, some questioned whether health reforms simply moved people from being uninsured to underinsured. This study explores whether requiring individuals to have health insurance has forced some people, particularly those with modest incomes, into plans that offer little financial protection. The findings suggest, however, that health reform in Massachusetts is both providing new coverage for many of those who were previously uninsured and improving the quality of coverage for those with insurance coverage.

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