New! CHIA is currently contacting some participants from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey 2023 for follow-up questions. If you received an email asking for your participation, please go to the link provided in the email.
The 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.
Massachusetts Foreign-born Residents, Particularly Non-citizens, Are Less Likely to Have Continuous Health Insurance Coverage explores the connection between health insurance coverage rates and immigration and citizenship status
This brief uses data from three consecutive Massachusetts Health Insurance Surveys (2015, 2017, and 2019).
Prior research indicates that citizenship and immigration status are associated with health outcomes and inequities. Correlations between immigration and citizenship status and rates of health insurance coverage may be one contributing factor to such health inequities. As the foreign-born population in Massachusetts continues to increase, improved access to information on disparities in health insurance coverage rates by immigration and citizenship status may help reduce these gaps.