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Massachusetts’ landmark 2006 health care reform bill turns five this week. Thanks to that bill, 98% of Massachusetts residents have access to health care insurance – learn more here.

The Governor joined state leaders and members of the health care community at an event today in Dorchester to celebrate the anniversary.

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Here’s an excerpt from the Governor’s remarks today:

This is not about policy alone.  It’s about people.  It’s about what kind of Commonwealth we are and want to be. 

I met a young woman a couple of years ago who described to me how, I think just about 29 years old, with no health insurance she discovered a lump on her breast.  She was able to get insurance because of brand new programs put in place by the then new Connector.  And she got access to an affordable, high quality physician who helped her deal with breast cancer. 

She is alive today because of health care reform. 

I am proud of health care reform.  I am proud that we are a kind of Commonwealth that values health as a public good.  And I am so proud of all of you who came together to make this a reality.  

 

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