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Despite recent problems, support for the Massachusetts health insurance law remains high
Date:6/16/2014

h insurance plans. Only 46% of Massachusetts residents have heard or read about these problems, including 24% who think the problem is likely to be resolved by the fall, and 20% who do not expect the website to be working properly by then.

Support for requirement that individuals buy health insurance

A central piece of the legislation is a requirement that all uninsured Massachusetts residents purchase health insurance or pay a fine, with some exemptions and financial support for low-income residents. Support is lower for this provision than for the overall law. However, a majority (55%) of Massachusetts residents say they support this requirement, while just 36% oppose it. Opposition to this part of the law has dropped slightly from 44% in 2011.

Methodology

The Public Perceptions of the Massachusetts Health Insurance Law poll was conducted by The Boston Globe and Harvard School of Public Health. Representatives of the two organizations worked closely to develop the survey questionnaire and analyze the results of the poll. The Boston Globe and Harvard School of Public Health are publishing independent summaries of the poll's findings, and each organization bears sole responsibility for the work that appears under its name. The Boston Globe and Harvard School of Public Health paid for the survey and related expenses.

The project team was led by Robert J. Blendon, Sc.D., Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard School of Public Health, and Gideon Gil, Health and Science editor of The Boston Globe. The Harvard research team also included John M. Benson and Kathleen J. Weldon.

Interviews were conducted with 506 randomly selected Massachusetts state residents, ages 18 and older, via telephone (including cell phones and landlines) by SSRS of Media, Pennsylvania. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. The interviewing period was May 27-June 2, 2014. The da
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Contact: Marge Dwyer
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617-432-8416
Harvard School of Public Health
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