Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Massachusetts health reform law improved racial, ethnic health, yet disparities persist

Date:
November 5, 2013
Source:
American Public Health Association (APHA)
Summary:
New research finds improvements in access to care and health outcomes across racial and ethnic groups in Massachusetts since implementation of the state’s health reform law in 2007.

New research finds improvements in access to care and health outcomes across racial and ethnic groups in Massachusetts since implementation of the state’s health reform law in 2007 yet trends do not indicate progress in reducing disparities in the leading causes of illness and death, according to new research released today at the American Public Health Association’s 141st Annual Meeting in Boston.

Related Articles


The Massachusetts-based study found that between 2007 and 2012, the percentage of uninsured black residents dropped from 8 percent to 4 percent and the percentage of uninsured Latino residents dropped from 10 percent to 7 percent. Overall, the study revealed a drop of uninsured residents from 7 percent to 2 percent within the span of the study. In addition, flu vaccinations, cancer screenings, chronic disease prevention and other health improvement efforts were on the rise while tobacco smoking was on the decrease.

“The Affordable Care Act is being implemented around the country and there is a lot of interest in what it will mean for the health of the nation’s residents. We have learned that there is reason to believe that it will improve access to care and improve health outcomes for all of the racial and ethnic populations who are eligible for its benefits,” said John Auerbach, MBA, lead researcher for the study, who helped implement the state’s law.

Despite the trend of access and health improvements, results indicated that gaps in disease prevalence and causes of death between white residents and other populations have not narrowed as of yet.
“Many illnesses and deaths are the result of conditions and behaviors beyond the control of the health care system, such as poverty and racism. However, over time we may see additional improvements in health and gap reduction as a result of access to care,” Auerbach explains.

The study’s analysis is based on data collected from the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy survey, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey and a Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation Survey.

APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting is themed “Think Global Act Local” and will focus on the creative and successful public health efforts from across the globe and discuss how public health workers can adapt these efforts to the communities they serve at home.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Public Health Association (APHA). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Public Health Association (APHA). "Massachusetts health reform law improved racial, ethnic health, yet disparities persist." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 November 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131105081107.htm>.
American Public Health Association (APHA). (2013, November 5). Massachusetts health reform law improved racial, ethnic health, yet disparities persist. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 27, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131105081107.htm
American Public Health Association (APHA). "Massachusetts health reform law improved racial, ethnic health, yet disparities persist." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131105081107.htm (accessed November 27, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Ebola Leaves Orphans Alone in Sierra Leone

Ebola Leaves Orphans Alone in Sierra Leone

AFP (Nov. 27, 2014) — The Ebola epidemic sweeping Sierra Leone is having a profound effect on the country's children, many of whom have been left without any family members to support them. Duration: 01:02 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise In Human Trial

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shows Promise In Human Trial

Newsy (Nov. 27, 2014) — A recent test of a prototype Ebola vaccine generated an immune response to the disease in subjects. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 26, 2014) — Researchers in the United States are preparing to discover whether a drug commonly used in human organ transplants can extend the lifespan and health quality of pet dogs. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Today's Prostheses Are More Capable Than Ever

Newsy (Nov. 26, 2014) — Advances in prosthetics are making replacement body parts stronger and more lifelike than they’ve ever been. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins