‘Faces of MassHealth’ Report Reveals Stats on Diversity and Age of Enrollees

May 22, 2019

More than 1 in 3 adults enrolled in MassHealth are seniors or eligible on the basis of a disability, according to a new report called “Faces of MassHealth: Portrait of a Diverse Population.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation collaborated with Manatt Health and Health Care For All (HCFA) on the report aimed at providing a broader picture of the diverse population served by MassHealth by using qualitative and quantitative data.

Alongside findings on the diversity of state residents on MassHealth, much of the data also looks at age, gender, income and a range of other topics.

For example, some findings related to older adults on MassHealth include:

  • 65% of older adults (age 65+) are women.
  • 68% of older adults are at or below 86% Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
  • MassHealth payments represent 51% of nursing home care revenues and 43% of other long-term services and supports (e.g., home health and other community-based supports) revenues in the Commonwealth.
  • MassHealth covers nearly 60% of nursing facility residents.
  • Approximately 25% of Massachusetts Medicare enrollees are also covered by MassHealth.

For more findings from the Faces of MassHealth project, view the chartpack here.