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Mass. Law That Served As Model For ACA Turns 10

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Massachusetts is marking the tenth anniversary of a landmark healthcare law that would later serve as a model for the federal Affordable Care Act.On April 12, 2006, then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney signed the law during a Faneuil Hall ceremony, calling it a big step forward in healthcare reform. At Romney's side were Democratic leaders including the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, who championed universal health insurance on a national level.

State officials say the law that included subsidies for low-income residents to purchase insurance has led to near-universal coverage in Massachusetts. But the state has continued to struggle with rising healthcare costs.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he plans to mark the anniversary on Tuesday by thanking those who "created a legacy that spread way beyond Massachusetts."

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