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Health Coverage for All

Massachusetts mandated that by July 1, 2007, all of its residents obtain health insurance. Here’s how the system was planned to work.

By Rachael Moeller Gorman // Infographic by Flying Chilli // Fall 2006
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The plan to improve Massachusetts’s health-care system seems simple: By July 1, 2007, everyone in the state must be insured. The state will use the money it (as well as insurers, hospitals and local and federal governments) now spends to subsidize the “free” hospital care the uninsured receive to subsidize insurance for residents whose earnings are too high for Medicaid qualifications but too low to afford insurance.

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