Massachusetts: The model for national health care reform

Massachusetts led the nation in 2006 with a comprehensive health care reform law and the establishment of a new Marketplace: the Massachusetts Health Connector, designed to make affordable health insurance available to more people. Today 250,000 Massachusetts residents have health insurance through the Health Connector, and our state has the highest rate of health insurance coverage in the nation. National health reform builds upon the successful example set by Massachusetts. As a result, individuals, families, and small businesses who go to the Health Connector can find even more options, enhanced benefits, and savings.

The Law

Massachusetts Health Care Reform became law on April 12, 2006. It is Massachusetts’ plan to reduce the number of people who have no health insurance.  It also works to improve the cost and quality of health care.Visit the “Rules & Regulations’ page to read the entire law.

Health Care Reform: Timeline

Facts and Figures

Get the latest summary of the key achievements of Massachusetts Health Care Reform.

Progress Reports

Each year, the Health Connector publishes a booklet highlighting what we’ve accomplished and who we’ve helped.

Reports to the Massachusetts Legislature

These data-rich reports provide a comprehensive review of our work each year.

Data on the Individual Mandate

We worked with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to review enforcement of the requirement to enroll in health coverage.

Health Care in Massachusetts: Key Indicators

The Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy produces a quarterly analysis of data related to Massachusetts Health Care Reform.