Monitoring Access to Care in Massachusetts: Comparing Public Coverage with Employer-Sponsored Insurance Coverage

This report, prepared by Sharon Long and Thomas Dimmock of the Urban Institute, further analyzes the 2013 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS) by comparing the experience of adults with public coverage to adults with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) coverage across a number of access and affordability measures. Findings from the analysis show problems with access to care were more prevalent for adults with public coverage than for those with ESI. These disparities persist even after controlling for variations in health care needs and socioeconomic status between the two groups. The persistence of gaps in access to care for adults with public coverage raises concerns about systemic barriers to care within the Massachusetts health care system.

In conjunction with the full report, the authors developed a one-page summary highlighting key findings from the analysis.