This collection of materials is the latest in a series by the Urban Institute summarizing the findings from the 2018 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS). The Foundation began conducting the MHRS in fall 2006 to support the evaluation of Massachusetts’ 2006 health care reform bill. The survey has been fielded periodically since 2006 – most recently in spring 2018 – to monitor key measures pertaining to health insurance coverage and health care access and affordability among non-elderly adults (ages 19-64) in Massachusetts. For the first time in 2018, the MHRS included several questions pertaining to access to care for mental health (MH) and substance use disorder (SUD) services.
The 2018 MHRS highlights the state’s ongoing success at maintaining near-universal health insurance coverage since the passage of Massachusetts’ 2006 health care reform law. However, the survey’s core measures demonstrate that opportunities for improvements in access to and affordability of health care for the state’s residents remain and the new questions on MH/SUDs highlight the significant barriers to care and gaps in access to care faced by those seeking MH/SUD services. The survey findings are a reminder that the goals of health care reform are not fully achieved by simply reducing the number of people who are uninsured. New strategies are needed to improve access to care and reduce the burden of health care costs for Massachusetts adults and their families, particularly for the most vulnerable.
Findings from the 2018 MHRS were featured at a Foundation event held on December 11, 2018. Click here to learn more about the event.
This year’s results are presented in a variety of publications including: