In April 2006, Massachusetts passed legislation intended to move the state to almost 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% in Fall 2006 to 7% 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. Health Affairs, Web Exclusive 3 June 2008. www.healthaffairs.org
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