Insurance availability in Massachusetts up nearly 8 percent

Posted on: Monday, August 15, 2011

Agents who were curious about how mandating the purchase of health insurance would affect their lead gathering may be interested by the results of a new Harvard Medical School study.

According to researchers from the prestigious university, health insurance enrollment figures from Massachusetts - a state that passed healthcare reform in 2006, requiring residents to purchase coverage - show insurance availability increased 7.6 percent from 2006 to 2009.

The study's analysts also found fewer disparities in the comprehensiveness of care among Bay State residents.

Many insurance experts compare the Massachusetts plan with the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama, stating they are structurally similar.

"As the political rhetoric heats up in advance of another presidential election cycle, it's important to understand what the experience in Massachusetts tells us about the effects of health reform on access and affordability of care," said Joshua Salomon, associate professor of international health at Harvard School of Public Health.

The national healthcare law received a bit of a setback recently, as a U.S. appeals court in Georgia ruled mandating coverage is unconstitutional.

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