Massachusetts Health Reform Survey Series

In April 2006, Massachusetts enacted a health care reform bill that sought to move the state to (almost) universal coverage through a combination of Medicaid expansions, subsidized private health insurance coverage, and insurance reforms. The Massachusetts Health Reform Surveys (MHRS) are surveys of non-elderly adults that were conducted as part of an evaluation of the impacts of the state's reform effort. The MHRS was first conducted in the Fall of 2006, just prior to the health reform law implementation, and has been fielded almost every fall of each subsequent year. In addition to funding from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, support for selected years has been provided by the Commonwealth Fund (2006-2008) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2006-2008, 2012-2013). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also funded the curation of the MHRS data for every year. The surveys in the MHRS series include questions on insurance status, respondent's access to and use of health care; out-of-pocket health care costs and medical debt; insurance premiums and covered services (for those with insurance); and health and disability status. Respondents were also asked about their impressions of Massachusetts's health reform law and the individual mandate.

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Most Recent Publications

2015
Long, Sharon K.,  Dimmock, Thomas H. Consumer satisfaction with health insurance coverage in Massachusetts. AMA Journal of Ethics. 17, (7), 656-664.
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2015
Long, Sharon K.,  Dimmock, Thomas H. Monitoring Access to Care in Massachusetts: Comparing Public Coverage with Employer-Sponsored Insurance Coverage. Boston, MA: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
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2014
Fitzgerald, Therese,  Cohen, Laura,  Hyams, Tracey,  Sullivan, Katherine M.,  Johnson, Paula A. Women and health reform: How national health care can enhance coverage, affordability, and access for women (examples from Massachusetts). Women's Health Issues. 24, (1), e5-e10.
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2014
Long, Sharon K.,  Dahlen, Heather . Expanding coverage to low-income childless adults in Massachusetts: Implications for national health reform. Health Services Research. 49, 2129-2146.
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2014
Long, Sharon K.,  Dimmock, Thomas H. Health Insurance Coverage and Health Care Access and Affordability in Massachusetts: Affordability Still a Challenge. Boston, MA: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
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2014
Long, Sharon K.,  Fogel, Ariel . Health Insurance Coverage and Health Care Access, Use, and Affordability in Massachusetts: An Update as of Fall 2012. Washington, DC: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
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2013
Long, Sharon K.,  Goin, Dana: Lynch, Victoria . Reaching the Remaining Uninsured in Massachusetts: Challenges and Opportunities. Washington, DC: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
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2012
Long, Sharon K.,  Stockley, Karen,  Dahlen, Heather . Health Reform in Massachusetts as of Fall 2010: Getting Ready for the Affordable Care Act and Addressing Affordability. Washington, DC: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.
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2012
Long, Sharon K.,  Stockley, Karen,  Nordahl, Kate Willrich . Coverage, access, and affordability under health reform: Learning from the Massachusetts model. Inquiry (Rochester): The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision and Financing. 40, (4), 303-316.
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2012
Long, Sharon K,  Stockley, Karen,  Dahlen, Heather . Massachusetts health reforms: Uninsurance remains low, self-reported health status Improves as state prepares to tackle costs. Health Affairs. 31, (2), 444-451.
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