The brief’s key findings are
- Numerous studies have examined the impact of Massachusetts’ landmark 2006 health care reform, the basis for the national Affordable Care Act.
- The results suggest that the Massachusetts reform has largely succeeded by:
- reducing uninsurance rates;
- improving health care access and health outcomes; and
- inducing more firms to offer coverage, without raising unemployment.
- At the same time improving access to non-employer coverage may have reduced labor force participation for men age 55-64.
- Finally, while health care cost growth has slowed in recent years, cost control remains a challenge.