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Massachusetts adult insurance rate rises.

In Massachusetts, where a state health reform bill went into effect in 2006 that provided a model for the federal Affordable Care Act, 94.2 percent of non-elderly adults were insured in 2010, according to a survey published in the February Health Affairs.

That figure represents a significant increase over the estimated 86.6 percent of non-elderly Massachusetts adults who were insured in 2006. The survey also found reductions in emergency department visits and hospital inpatient stays as well as improvements in self-reported health status. But while access to care was generally better in 2010 than 2006, the number of respondents who had a general doctor visit dropped 3.5 percent between 2009 and 2010. There also was a significant increase in premium costs paid by workers, which reflects state lawmakers' decision to delay efforts to address lowering health costs.
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Title Annotation:STATES IN BRIEF
Author:Currie, Donya
Publication:The Nation's Health
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:Apr 1, 2012
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