Statement of Health Care For All Executive Director Amy Rosenthal on the New Census Data on Uninsurance Rates

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

(Boston, MA) "The census data released yesterday shows continued improvement in health insurance coverage in Massachusetts. The study finds that our coverage rate went up to 97.5% from the 97.2% reported last year. In addition, our coverage rate for children reached a remarkable 99% level, also a slight increase from last year. This data confirms that the uninsurance rate in the Commonwealth has been shrinking steadily for over a decade.

"Once again, the data shows Massachusetts leading all states, with the best rate of health insurance coverage nationally.

"Our success demonstrates the results that are possible when all sectors in a state work together to maximize implementation of the coverage provisions under the Affordable Care Act. The strong partnership forged between the state and the broad health care community has paid off in the health benefits and economic security provided by near-universal coverage.

"This is a positive achievement, yet we know that access to a health insurance card is only part of the equation to be able to access affordable and quality care. Health Care For All is committed to do its part to improve the health care system so that it works for everyone."

[Note: the state-by-state Census insurance coverage data is available at https://census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/demo/p60... also, see the analysis by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center here: http://massbudget.org/report_window.php?loc=Census-Health-Release.html]