Coverage and Access Remain Strong, but Costs are Still a Concern: Summary of the 2012 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Robert W. Seifert, MPA
University of Massachusetts Medical School

This report summarizes findings from the 2012 Massachusetts Health Reform Survey (MHRS) commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The survey of over 3,000 Massachusetts residents shows strong results regarding coverage and access but raises concerns about affordability. Nearly half of low- to middle-income Massachusetts adults – those earning between 138 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level – reported that they and their families had experienced problems with health care costs, and nearly a quarter of insured adults with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level reported going without needed care because of cost