Health Reform in Massachusetts: An Update as of Fall 2010

Summary of Key Findings: Massachusetts Health Reform Survey Fall 2006 to Fall 2010

In April 2006, Massachusetts passed a comprehensive health care reform bill, entitled An Act Providing Access To Affordable, Quality, Accountable Health Care (Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006), that sought to move the state to near universal coverage. In order to track the impacts of Chapter 58, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation began funding a survey of nonelderly adults in the Commonwealth in fall 2006, just prior to the implementation of key elements of the law. That survey, called the Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS), has been fielded most years since 2006. With the 2010 passage of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the MHRS was expanded to include new questions to help track the future impacts of the ACA.

This chartbook summarizes some of the key findings from the 2006 to 2010 MHRS, providing a more in-depth overview of the circumstances of working-age adults in 2010. The full report on the MHRS is available at www.bluecrossfoundation.org.