The Associated Press

Report: Mass. Health Law Fails To Cut Medical Debt

BOSTON — One of the goals of the state’s landmark 2006 health care law was to reduce personal medical debt, but recent data suggests that the rate of medical debt remains largely unchanged.

According to a report released this year by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, of more than 3,000 Massachusetts adults surveyed in 2010, 17.5 percent reported having problems paying medical bills during the previous year. The figures changed slightly from 2006, but researchers said the difference was not statistically significant.

Temporary lapses in insurance coverage and plans with high deductibles and copayments have contributed to debt. Rising health costs and the recession also played a role.

Some analysts tell The Boston Globe that although the law has failed to cut medical debt, it may have prevented an increase.

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  • Daniel Healy

    Until real controls are put on the rising costs, there won’t be any meaningful progress on health care. The insurance companies know that all too well.

  • 1guest2u

    I think one important part is missing here to tell the whole story. Bankruptcies in general are up due to the financial collapse. That the rate of medical bankruptcy  held steady during a period of economic turmoil while foreclosures are hitting all time highs seems like maybe it worked.  This article ignores the entirety of the economy during that period, like medical bills live in some kind of vacuum isolated from everyday life, that is pretty shoddy journalism in my opinion.

  • Lawrence

    It was all a hoax. Just to force Mass. residents to purchase something that big corporations make millions on.

    People seem to think that Romeny’s plan like “Obamacare” ensures that all citizens are “covered”.

    Covered? For what? With $5000 deductibles and $50 copayments how are we covered?


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