For Immediate Release
Friday, October 31, 2003
Sarah Iselin - 617.246.4890
SURVEY: MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS SUPPORT INCREASED SIN TAXES TO HELP UNINSURED
Public Favors Expanding Existing State Programs to Cover Uninsured
Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly support an increase in taxes on alcohol and tobacco if the money were used to decrease the number of uninsured in the state, according to a new survey of the Massachusetts public released today by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. The report by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, The Uninsured in Massachusetts: An Opportunity for Leadership, finds that most people in the Commonwealth strongly believe that everyone in the state should be able to get the health care they need and support several proposals to expand health coverage.