State: Mass. Health Coverage Hits 98%

Just a smidgen away from truly universal health insurance coverage...This just in from state officials on the latest Massachusetts figures:

The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy (DHCFP) is pleased to announce the results of its latest Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey. DHCFP has found that the success of Massachusetts' health reform continues, with more than 98 percent of residents having health insurance, which reflects an increase since 2009. Only 1.9 percent of state residents remain uninsured in 2010. Nearly every major demographic group is within a few percentage points of universal coverage.
The survey results show that nearly all elderly adults (more than 99 percent) and children (more than 99 percent) are insured, as are 97 percent of non-elderly adults ages 19 to 64.

The full report is here.

This program aired on December 13, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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