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Deaths declined after Massachusetts health care reform

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A medical journal says expanded health care access in Massachusetts led to a drop in death rates.

Massachusetts reformed its health care system back in 2006, requiring all residents to have health insurance and providing subsidies to help people afford it.

Now, a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says access to health care has led to a 3 percent drop in deaths from all causes. And when you look at cancer, infections and heart disease, the drop in deaths was 4.5 percent.

Researchers say health coverage may be helping people live longer.

Click here for more on the study.

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