Massachusetts Maintained Record Low Levels Of Uninsured And Improved Access To Needed Health Care During Economic Downturn

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

 

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Massachusetts maintained record low levels of uninsured and improved access to needed health care during economic downturn

 

BOSTON — The rate of uninsured, working-age adults in Massachusetts has remained at record low levels despite high unemployment and a severe economic downturn. Four years after the state began implementing its groundbreaking health care reform law, gains in residents' access to needed care have also been maintained, and racial and ethnic disparities in coverage have been eliminated. Furthermore, 67 percent of working-aged adults support health reform, which is virtually the same level of public support found shortly after the law was enacted.