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2013-05-08

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Background: As a result of healthcare reform (HCR), insurance rates among Massachusetts (MA) residents increased from 86.6% (2006) to 94.4% (2010) and conferred a 7.6% higher probability of being insured compared to neighboring states. The effect of an individual mandate on insurance rates among trauma patients is unknown.

Methods: This was retrospective analysis of adult (18-64yrs) trauma patients from MA and surrounding states (NH, RI, CT, NY, VT) treated at our level 1 trauma center in central MA before (2004-2005) and after (2009-2010) MA-HCR. We estimated changes in insurance rates across time-periods and state-residence.

Results: Before MA-HCR, 76.7% (1647/2,148) of injured MA residents had insurance compared to 84.3% (2088/2477) post-HCR (p

Conclusions: In this single center study, time rather than HCR resulted in modest increases in insurance rates. However, MA-HCR was ineffectual at increasing insurance among trauma patients to levels comparable to the general public, suggesting certain factors may place certain subgroups in “double jeopardy” by simultaneously increasing risk of injury and precluding compliance with an individual mandate.

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10.13028/m6f7-v783

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Rates of Insurance for Injured Patients before and after Health Care Reform in Massachusetts: Another Case of Double Jeopardy?

Background: As a result of healthcare reform (HCR), insurance rates among Massachusetts (MA) residents increased from 86.6% (2006) to 94.4% (2010) and conferred a 7.6% higher probability of being insured compared to neighboring states. The effect of an individual mandate on insurance rates among trauma patients is unknown.

Methods: This was retrospective analysis of adult (18-64yrs) trauma patients from MA and surrounding states (NH, RI, CT, NY, VT) treated at our level 1 trauma center in central MA before (2004-2005) and after (2009-2010) MA-HCR. We estimated changes in insurance rates across time-periods and state-residence.

Results: Before MA-HCR, 76.7% (1647/2,148) of injured MA residents had insurance compared to 84.3% (2088/2477) post-HCR (p

Conclusions: In this single center study, time rather than HCR resulted in modest increases in insurance rates. However, MA-HCR was ineffectual at increasing insurance among trauma patients to levels comparable to the general public, suggesting certain factors may place certain subgroups in “double jeopardy” by simultaneously increasing risk of injury and precluding compliance with an individual mandate.