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Report Concludes Massachusetts Could Achieve Universal Health Coverage in Four Years
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Boston, MA (October 7, 2005) –Massachusetts could achieve universal coverage in four years with a relatively modest increase in public investment, according to a series of new reports by the Urban Institute. The reports detail a phased-in implementation plan for extending health coverage to everyone in the Commonwealth. They recommend the state begin by implementing several measures to make health insurance more affordable for small businesses and low- and moderate-income families. Three options are then outlined to achieve universal coverage: a requirement that individuals purchase health insurance; or two different options that would combine a requirement that individuals purchase coverage with a requirement that employers either offer health coverage or pay a fee to the state.