Rudolph, a deacon at Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston, said she lost her insurance when she lost her job as an accountant in 2005. The following year, she began to experience a series of health problems that would include diabetes, high blood pressure and a type of lupus.
Rudolph said she was lucky the state passed the health care law.
"I was able to get insurance quickly and a doctor was able to see me immediately," she said. "That was a real blessing for me."
Since the law was signed, the state has collected about $77 million in penalties from Massachusetts residents who have been deemed able to afford insurance but have refused to obtain coverage.
In 2007, about 67,000 were required to pay a penalty. That declined to 53,000 in 2008 and 48,000 in 2009, the most recent statistics the state has.
- Why one Mormon man left Hollywood to be a...
- Best and worst of the BYU, Utah and USU...
- High school football: 5A All-State teams
- High school football: 4A all-state teams
- Utah Jazz: Jazz forward Richard Jefferson...
- High school football: East's Ula Tolutau...
- BYU fan reflects: 6 lessons I learned at...
- High school football: 2013 Deseret News MVPs...
- BYU football: Cougars to play... 105
- Crystal ball commentary: National... 97
- Utah football: Utah coach Kyle... 79
- Utah basketball: Utes rally to defeat... 65
- Florida St-Auburn title game to usher... 50
- Dick Harmon: How would BYU's Taysom... 49
- Best and worst of the BYU, Utah and USU... 48
- Utah basketball: Runnin' Utes bounce... 43