Massachusetts closing the disparity gap in health care
July 28, 2012
Network faithful know that we are quite concerned that the focus on racial and ethnic disparities will be lost in the rush to health care reform. Therefore, we were pleased to learn about reports out of Massachusetts that make a strong case that health care reform is successfully reducing racial and ethnic disparities.
The first report comes from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and makes a bold assessment that racial and ethnic disparities in access to and use of care have largely disappeared since health reform. The authors of the document – Health Reform in Massachusetts: Expanding Access to Health Insurance Coverage – state that, “The charts in this report track the impact of Massachusetts health reform efforts on coverage and access to care, the response to the individual mandate, employer participation in providing coverage to employees, and public opinion. Data come from surveys and analyses by state government agencies including the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority. The slide showing the reduction in disparities is found on page 30 of the pdf file and can be downloaded here.