Massachusetts Nears Universal Health Insurance Coverage

More than two years after Massachusetts passed groundbreaking legislation to move the state closer to universal health insurance coverage, the Bay State has achieved that milestone, according to a survey released last week. Some 97.4% of Massachusetts residents now have health insurance coverage.

Several provisions in the Massachusett’s 2006 reform law have been key in increasing coverage, expets say, including state premium subsidies for the low-income uninsured, imposing financial penalties of more than $900 a year on those who are not covered under a health plan and a $295 per employee assessment on employers who do not offer coverage.  

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