Massachusetts Health Reform Survey, 2006 (ICPSR 35026)

Published: Jun 2, 2014

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


Version V1

This data collection comprises data from the first round of the Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS), a survey designed to track the impact of Massachusetts health care reform legislation passed in late 2006. Interviews were conducted with non-elderly adults in Massachusetts beginning in fall 2006, just prior to the implementation of the major components of the legislation. The survey collected information on health insurance status; specific types of health insurance coverage held by the survey respondents; insurance premiums and covered services for those with insurance; access to and use of health care; out-of-pocket health care costs and medical debt; health and disability status; and demographic and socioeconomic characteristics. Respondents were also asked about their impressions of the health care system in Massachusetts and whether they supported or opposed the new Massachusetts universal health insurance law.

Long, Sharon. Massachusetts Health Reform Survey, 2006. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2014-06-02.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Commonwealth Fund

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (70219)

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2006-10-16 -- 2007-01-07

2006-10-16 -- 2007-01-07

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. (

Households were selected using stratified random-digit dialing. One respondent was randomly selected from each eligible household. Uninsured and low and moderate income adults were oversampled.

Adults aged 18-64 years old in households in Massachusetts with a landline telephone. Households without telephones and cell-phone only households were excluded.

survey data

49 percent.



2014-06-02 ICPSR changed the title of a chapter in the codebook and revised the ICPSR Processing Notes accordingly.

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