Like the rest of the country, the state of Massachusetts has been battered by the recession. Many people are jobless, which would normally leave them uninsured prior to healthcare reform.
However, the percentage of residents with Massachusetts health insurance has remained largely steady. This is partially due to reform decoupling health coverage with employment. The 4.8% of uninsured residents in 2009 is the lowest percentage in the nation, and is similar to 2008 figures. Racial minorities are just as likely to be insured as Caucasians.
Their own reform experience may be a ray of hope for the nation.