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Elective surgeries up among low-income and Hispanic adults after state health law

More low-income and Hispanic adults in Massachusetts underwent knee or hip replacements and 15 other elective inpatient surgeries after the state expanded health insurance coverage to nearly all its residents in 2006, according to a new study by Boston University researchers.

The results suggest that the law helped these populations more readily see primary care physicians who would have referred them for such operations, said Boston University School of Medicine professor Nancy Kressin, who led the study.

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