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Non-Partisan Report Affirms Potential of Achieving Universal Coverage in Massachusetts
Report released by BCBS of Massachusetts Foundation suggests uninsured could be covered for between $700 million and $900 million in new government spending with benefits of $1.5 billion
Boston, MA (June 21, 2005) - A new report, combining health reform ideas often proposed by leading Democrats and Republicans, concludes that Massachusetts could achieve universal coverage with a relatively modest increase in public investment. The report also suggests the state should begin by developing voluntary measures to make health insurance more affordable for small businesses and low- and moderate-income families. The report goes on to outline and evaluate two options for achieving full coverage: a requirement that all individuals purchase health insurance; or a requirement that employers either offer coverage or pay a fee to the state.