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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, August 27, 2007
More state residents covered by insurance
By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff
The number of Massachusetts residents without health insurance dropped to 355,000 this year, down from 395,000 last year, according to a newly-released state survey. The overall uninsured rate fell to 5.7 percent, from 6.4 percent.
Massachusetts officials said the drop indicates that the state's new mandatory insurance law is beginning to work.
"This is a clear indication that health reform is succeeding, '' said JudyAnn Bigby, state secretary of Health and Human Services. "Even in the early phase of the law's implementation, these findings confirm our success in reducing the number of uninsured people across the entire Commonwealth.''
The Center for Survey Research at UMass-Boston called 4,000 homes between January and June of this year.