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44,000 uninsured Massachusetts residents paid penalty in 2010

44,000 uninsured Massachusetts residents paid penalty in 2010 | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
Take Home Message: Since Massachusetts is the state laboratory for the national health insurance program (ACA) and its pesonal mandate for insurance, its encouraging to see that the small penalty ($406/yr) MAY play a role as an incentive to encourage more citizens to become insured through the state insurance exchanges ***************************************** About 67,000 people were fined for not having coverage in 2007, the first year of the penalty. That figure dropped to 44,000 in 2010, according to a state report. Since the recession, the state has waived the fine for more people on the grounds that they could not afford health plans available to them, accounting for ome of the decline.
More than half of those who paid the tax penalty were uninsured for the full year, the ­report said. Most were under age 40.
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Geographic Variation in Access to Care — The Relationship with Quality

Geographic Variation in Access to Care — The Relationship with Quality | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

U.S. variation in health insurance or a connection to a regular source of care is sobering. In 2009 & 2010, the proportion of adults 18 -64 years old without health insurance ranged from 5% in Massachusetts, to more than 50% in areas in Texas.

High rates of uninsured residents pull down the quality of health care for insured & uninsured residents. Nearly half the U.S. population, about 155 million people, live in places where at least one in five adults 18 - 64 years old are uninsured. Uninsured people who are sick or injured often delay seeking treatment or end up relying on high-cost care in hospital emergency departments. They may also have more difficulty affording follow-up care on test results or timely preventive care.

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