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Improving Health Through Coverage ExpansionImproving Health Through Coverage Expansion

Austin Frakt, PhD
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From Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Acknowledgment: The author thanks Michael McWilliams for his comments on an early draft.

Disclosures: None. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-0379.

Requests for Single Reprints: Austin Frakt, PhD, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, 150 South Huntington Avenue (152H), Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; e-mail, afrakt@gmail.com.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(9):649-650. doi:10.7326/M14-0379
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In this issue, Sommers and colleagues' study on mortality changes after the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform found that for every 830 adults who gained insurance after the reform, 1 death was prevented. The editorialist draws on other studies with similar findings to contend that basic health insurance coverage improves health, especially for low-income Americans.

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