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In MA They’ve Got You Covered

October 3, 2011

BOSTON - The Massachusetts health care reform law is being credited for giving the state the highest percentage in the nation of people who carry health insurance. The recently released U.S. Census American Community Survey shows that 96 percent of all residents in the Commonwealth had health insurance coverage in 2010, and nearly 99 percent of the children.

Victoria Bonney, communications manager with the organization Healthcare for All, says those numbers translate into a better quality of life for multitudes of people across the state.

"Some people are catching diagnosis of cancer much earlier; other people are receiving public health and preventive measures they never thought they could have before."

Bonney says that when employers and employees look for a place to relocate, the health care picture is a huge feather in the state's cap.

"That's a significant difference, and it's attractive to employers, it's attractive to families, individuals, and we're proud to be in that state."

The only state that came close to Massachusetts in coverage rates was Vermont, at close to 93 percent. Nationally, health care coverage for adults under age 65 is only around 78 percent, and ranges as low as 65 percent in Texas and 67 percent in Nevada.

The study can be found at www.census.gov

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - MA