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We're Still The One: Mass Leads Nation in Coverage

Massachusetts has the most insured in the country

We're Still The One: Mass Leads Nation in Coverage

September 16, 2014

Today the Census Bureau released its annual insurance coverage data, covering 2013

The Mass Budget and Policy Center has the results: We still lead the nation in coverage.

Their conclusions:

  • In 2013, 96.3 percent of the state's population is covered by health insurance. This is essentially the same as last year, which estimated coverage at 96.1 percent. Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in health care coverage.
  • There were still approximately 247,000 people in 2013 lacking health insurance throughout the Commonwealth.  The state estimates however, that more than 100,000 people without health insurance will receive new publicly-subsidized health care coverage in 2014 and 2015. Our state's implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act will bring Massachusetts a long way towards filling the gap.
  • We also lead the country in children's coverage, with 98.5% of all children with health insurance. MassBudget's research for the Kids Count program has shown that children in Massachusetts fare better than in much of the rest of the nation as measured by various health indicators including health insurance coverage.

Check out the detailed notes on the report by Mass Budget, including the survey methodology, comparability, and statiscal margin of error.

And Mass Budget also just released its comprehensive summary of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for MassHealth, the Health Connector and other health programs. Their series of  budget briefs, produced with the Mass Medicaid Policy Institute and the Mass Law Reform Institute, are the definitive source for health care budget information.

   - Brian Rosman