Text 13 Apr new data on MA’s universal healthcare says it’s not been the budget-crusher some folks are touting it to be

A new report on Massachusetts’ healthcare reform is revealing. It appears that Massachusetts has achieved near universal health care coverage with only modest additional costs to state taxpayers.

Massachusetts has achieved near universal health care coverage with only modest additional costs to state taxpayers, according to a new study released today by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation (MTF).

The report, Massachusetts Health Reform Spending, 2006-2011: An Update on the “Budget Buster” Myth, found that state spending directly attributable to the health reform law grew from $1.04 billion in fiscal 2006 to $1.95 billion in fiscal 2011. The state’s share after accounting for federal reimbursements was $453 million, which equates to only 1.4 percent of the state’s $32 billion budget in fiscal 2011.


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