Massachusetts has long been a pioneer in expanding health care access to its residents. As a result, over 97 percent of Massachusetts residents have health coverage, the highest rate in the country.
The success of our health reform effort is built on an approach of shared responsibility from all, including the Commonwealth, employers, and individual residents. This approach includes our state’s “individual mandate,” which requires that all adults in the Commonwealth have coverage that meets state standards if it is affordable to them, and it promotes a minimum coverage standard to protect consumers.
This requirement has been in effect since 2007, and will remain in effect even though the federal government is going to stop charging tax penalties for not having insurance starting in 2019.