Death rates fell significantly after Massachusetts implemented 2006 health reform

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3123
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Death from all causes in non-elderly residents of Massachusetts—those age 20 to 64—fell by 2.9% in the four years after it implemented its 2006 health reform law, and deaths from causes amenable to healthcare interventions fell by 4.5%, a new study says.1

The Massachusetts law served as a model for the national US health reform law, the Affordable Care Act—which, like the Massachusetts law, sought to increase health insurance coverage by expanding eligibility for Medicaid, creating a health insurance exchange where people could purchase subsidized private coverage, and establishing an individual mandate that required everyone to obtain health insurance …

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