Massachusetts Governor Requests Additional Funding For Health Insurance Law

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MassachusettsGov. Deval Patrick (D), in a supplemental budget request released on Monday, isseeking an additional $153.1 million to help cover costs of the state's healthinsurance law, the New York Times reports. The state had approved $472 million for the law this fiscalyear, but enrollment in the state's subsidized health insurance program Commonwealth Care was higher than expected.

Cyndi Roy, a spokesperson for Patrick, said this year's shortfall would beoffset with surplus revenue in the state's general fund. Patrick has requested$869 million for the program in next year's budget, but aides have said thatamount will not be enough as enrollment continues to grow (Sack, New YorkTimes, 4/17).

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