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[News article] Health Insurance, Death Rates and the Affordable Care Act

Health Insurance, Death Rates and the Affordable Care Act.

From the 12 May 2014 article at Pew State and Consumer Initiatives

The mortality rate in Massachusetts declined substantially in the four years after the state enacted a law in 2006 mandating universal health care coverage, providing the model for the Affordable Care Act. 

In a study released last week, Harvard School of Public Health professors Benjamin Sommers, Sharon Long and Katherine Baicker conclude that “health reform in Massachusetts was associated with a significant decrease in all-cause mortality.” 

 

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The authors caution that their conclusions, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, may not apply to all states, and other studies have shown little correlation between having insurance and living longer. Nevertheless, the Harvard study adds to a growing body of evidence that having health insurance increases a person’s life expectancy.

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May 13, 2014 - Posted by | Health Statistics | , , ,

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