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Lawmakers Eye Massachusetts Model for Md. Health Care System

From Maryland Matters

By Bruce DePuyt

October 16, 2019


Massachusetts has long been a national leader in health policy. According to state officials, the Kaiser Family Foundation and others, only 3 percent of Massachusetts residents lack health coverage, the fewest of any state.

According to Kaiser, Maryland is ranked 10th in the nation, with 6 percent of its population uninsured. Nationally, 9 percent of the population lacks health insurance. In Alaska, Oklahoma and Texas, the rate of uninsured is closer to 15 percent.

But a decades-long push by Massachusetts politicians, advocates and the private sector has paid dividends, members of the Maryland commission were told by a Bay State delegation on Tuesday.