hide captionFrom December 2013 to March 2014, the public and private health insurance groups in Massachusetts reported an overall increase in health insurance enrollment by more than 215,000 people. Enrollment in private plans essentially held steady, as enrollment in the state’s public plans expanded.
When Massachusetts passed its landmark health insurance law under Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, no one claimed the state would get to zero — as in 0 percent of residents who are uninsured. But numbers out this week suggest Massachusetts is very close.
Between December 2013 and March of this year, the number of Massachusetts residents signed up for health coverage increased by more than 215,000. If that number holds true over time, it will mean the percentage of Massachusetts residents who lack coverage has dropped to less than 1 percent.
“We’re thrilled that we are getting this close to universal health care access,” said the Rev. Burns Stanfield, president of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.
Stanfield says the strong numbers — especially when coupled with last month’s finding that mortality rates dropped in the first four years of expanded coverage in Massachusetts — show that “our statewide move to universal access is working, and it’s a powerful witness to the nation.”
But that kind of enthusiasm is not coming from state officials — yet.
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