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Have working-age people with disabilities shared in the gains of Massachusetts health reform

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Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Center for Health Policy and Research; Commonwealth Medicine

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Adult; Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; Disabled Persons; Female; Health Care Reform; Humans; Insurance, Health; Male; Massachusetts; Medicaid; Middle Aged; Socioeconomic Factors; State Health Plans; United States


Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Public Health


The Massachusetts health reform, implemented in 2006 and 2007, reduced the uninsurance rate for working-age people with disabilities by nearly half Enrollment in Medicaid and subsidized insurance accounted for most of the gain in insurance coverage. The reduction in uninsurance was greatest among younger adults. The reform also reduced cost-related problems obtaining care; however, cost remains an obstacle, particularly among young adults with disabilities. The Massachusetts outcomes demonstrate that insurance subsidies, Medicaid expansions for low-income adults, individual insurance mandates, and enrollment initiatives can lead to substantial reductions in uninsurance and cost-related problems obtaining care among working-age people with disabilities.


Inquiry. 2011 Fall;48(3):183-96. DO 10.5034/inquiryjrnl_48.03.03

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing

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