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MA health reform improves health

The Boston Globe, March 15, 2012

Two economists, Charles Couremanche of the University of Louisville College of Business, and Daniela Zapata from the University of North Carolina Department of Economics, using data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, "provide evidence that health care reform in Massachusetts led to better overall self-assessed health." Not just correlation, they found causation, and positively affecting physical health, mental health, functional limitations, joint disorders, body mass index, and moderate physical activity. "The health effects were strongest among women, minorities, near-elderly adults, and those with incomes low enough to qualify for the law's subsidies."