CHIA has published a new research brief on emergency department use, Black and Hispanic Residents Report Higher Likelihood of Potential Reliance on the Emergency Department for Health Care than White Residents in the Commonwealth.
Frequent utilization of the emergency departments (ED) for non-emergent conditions can strain health care systems, impacting both hospitals and patients. While Massachusetts has made significant progress to minimize barriers to accessing and affording care, disparities persist among certain sub-populations.
Using data from three consecutive Massachusetts Health Insurance Surveys (2015, 2017, and 2019), this research brief examines race/ethnicity and the potential reliance on the ED.
The Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey (MHIS) provides information on health insurance coverage, health care access and use, and health care affordability for Massachusetts residents as part of CHIA’s Continuing Study on Insurance Coverage, Underinsurance and Uninsurance.
The MHIS is a tool used by CHIA, legislators, policymakers, employers, insurers and other stakeholders to track and monitor the experiences of Massachusetts residents in obtaining timely and affordable health care. While national data sources can help to monitor some aspects of health insurance coverage and health care access, this survey provides the ability to track issues that are specific to Massachusetts.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 MHIS included new questions to provide data on the impacts of the pandemic on health insurance coverage, health care access and use, and health care affordability, as well as changes in employment, which may affect health insurance coverage, health risk, and ability to pay for health care. The 2021 MHIS was fielded from July through December 2021.