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Massachusetts Health Care Reform

Are We There Yet?

By Victoria Pulos

Massachusetts’ health care reform law has been in place for slightly more than two years, and, as consensus grows on the need for health care reform, states and advocates are looking to Massachusetts for lessons. The program has apparently succeeded in reducing the number of uninsured state residents by requiring coverage and making subsidized plans available. However, costs are exceeding projections, and cost control is a growing challenge as the state’s economy moves into recession.

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