The blueprint for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was health insurance reform in Massachusetts that began in 2006. Researchers are studying Massachusetts to extrapolate possible effects the ACA will have.
One such study found a decline in the death rate from 2006 through 2010. LEARN MORE from Aviva Rutkin's story about that study in "Hundreds of lives saved by universal healthcare in US" carried in New Scientist on 5-5-2014. It is based upon the study by Sommers, Long and Baicker "Change in Mortality After Massachusetts Health Care Reform: A Quasi-experimental Study" published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on 5-4-2014. VIEW the abstract via PubMed.
Another study found Massachusetts healthcare reform increased the number of intensive care unit (ICU) patients who had insurance. Lyon et al published their results in the April edition of Critical Care Medicine. VIEW the abstract via PubMed.