What We Know About Health Reform in Massachusetts

Source: Geoffrey T. Sanzenbacher, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, IB#14-9, May 2014

The brief’s key findings are:
– Numerous studies have examined the impact of Massachusetts’ landmark 2006 health care reform, the basis for the national Affordable Care Act.
– The results suggest that the Massachusetts reform has largely succeeded by:
– reducing uninsurance rates;
– improving health care access and health outcomes; and
– inducing more firms to offer coverage, without raising unemployment.
– At the same time improving access to non-employer coverage may have reduced labor force participation for men age 55-64.
– Finally, while health care cost growth has slowed in recent years, cost control remains a challenge.