This qualitative study examines the experience of racial and ethnic minorities receiving behavioral health care in a safety net setting during the early process of health insurance reform in Massachusetts. Three rounds of interviews were conducted between August 2007 and May 2009, collecting information from patients (n=65) on the experience of health reform and delivery of mental health care. Four categories of enrollees transitioning into health reform emerged over the course of the study that grouped into a typology of experiences with reform: early enrollees, middle enrollees, late enrollees, and multiple switchers. With support, a majority of the sample transitioned smoothly to the new health insurance mechanisms. However, some experienced administrative confusion and disruption in mental health care during the transition. Administrative policies providing special accommodations for individuals with mental health disorders and other vulnerable populations may be important to consider during the transition to health insurance reform.


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