Massachusetts reforms had no impact on medical bankruptcy, liberal researchers say

President Obama and Democrats often cited the need to end medical bankruptcies as they made their case for healthcare reform. However, the liberal advocates say the reforms do not go far enough.

“[R]educing medical bankruptcy rates in the United States will require substantially improved — not just expanded — insurance, as well as better disability insurance programs to provide income support to ill individuals and family caregivers,” the researchers wrote.

The Massachusetts medical bankruptcy rate is actually on the lower end of the scale when compared to national figures. The study’s authors attributed this to the state’s relatively high prosperity, older population and robust social safety net.