MythBuster: Did Massachusetts Health Reform Reduce Health Disparities?

Just before the holidays struck, the Boston Globe published an article asking whether national health reform would close racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The answer in the article was clear: yes. The article states that as a result of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law, “97.2 percent of Massachusetts residents now have health insurance, with whites and blacks covered at the same rate.” The article quotes John McDonough that this is “something never accomplished anywhere else in the United States, ever.” Rob Restuccia from Community Catalyst promises that national health reform when it is implemented will “have the biggest impact in terms of reducing disparities in this country of any piece of legislation since the Civil Rights Act.”

Sounds pretty good, right? Unfortunately, the article is entirely inaccurate. Continue reading