Massachusetts Sees Nearly 300,000 Uninsured Enroll For Coverage Under Health Care Law
Officials said that they do not know how many people remain uninsured but thatthey expect thousands of more residents will meet the deadline. The U.S. Censuslast year estimated that there were 657,000 uninsured
Most of the newly insured are enrolled either in MassHealthor Commonwealth Care Both programs are run by thestate, and beneficiaries contribute a small copayment or receive no-costcoverage, "leading some critics to suggest that the state has accomplishedonly the easy part of its task," the Globe reports. About63,000 of the newly insured are enrolled in private insurance plans. Stateofficials expect that number to reach 100,000 by the end of the year. Healthcare advocates were successful in persuading the state to push back applicationdeadlines for some health care programs from Nov. 20 to the end of the year(Dembner, Boston Globe, 12/6).