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Massachusetts Health Reform Survey, 2012 (ICPSR 35061)

Principal Investigator(s): Long, Sharon, The Urban Institute


This study contains data from the sixth round of the Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS), a survey designed to track the impact of Massachusetts health care reform legislation passed in 2006. Topics covered by the survey include health status, access to health care, health care utilization, health insurance coverage, health insurance premiums, out-of-pocket health care costs, medical debt, and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. The survey also questioned the respondents about the burden of their health care spending, asked them to rate various aspects of their health insurance coverage, and asked how confident they felt they would be able to keep their current coverage in the coming year.

Series: Massachusetts Health Reform Survey Series

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Study Description


Long, Sharon. Massachusetts Health Reform Survey, 2012. ICPSR35061-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-06-30.

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This study was funded by:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (70219)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    health, health care, health care access, health care reform, health insurance, health services utilization

Geographic Coverage:    Massachusetts

Time Period:   

  • 2012-09-27--2013-01-31

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-09-27--2013-01-31

Universe:    Adults aged 19-64 years old in Massachusetts households with a cell-phone or landline telephone.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For more information about the survey methodology see:

Sharon K. Long, Tim Triplett, and David Dutwin. The Massachusetts Health Reform Survey. The Urban Institute. January 2012.

David Dutwin, Susan Sherr, Sharon K. Long, and Tim Triplett. The Massachusetts Health Reform Survey: Methodology Report for 2006 to 2012. March 2014.


Sample:    Households were selected using stratified random sampling of landline telephones and random sampling of cell phones. One respondent was randomly selected from each eligible household. Low and moderate income adults were oversampled.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Response Rates:    33.1 percent


Original ICPSR Release:   2014-06-30

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