Foundation Study Estimates State Spends More Than $1 Billion In Care Annually For State?s Uninsured

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ann Carter, 617-443-9933 x318, ACarter@rasky.com

LANDMARK STUDY ANALYZES COST OF MEDICAL CARE FOR UNINSURED IN MASSACHUSETTS

Study Estimates More Than $1 Billion in Care for State’s Uninsured; Cites Social and Economic Benefits of Expanding Coverage Boston, MA (November 16, 2004) – The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation today released a new report by the Urban Institute that – for the first time – analyzes all of the medical care provided to uninsured patients by hospitals, community health centers and physicians in Massachusetts. The report, which was released at a health care summit at the JFK Library, is the first product of the BCBSMA Foundation’s Roadmap to Coverage, a new initiative to inform the public debate about how to provide health coverage for the uninsured in Massachusetts and generate a practical roadmap for achieving this goal.