Efforts To Enroll Massachusetts In Health Insurance Plans

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Massachusetts Health Insurance Law

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American Public Media's "Marketplace" on Tuesday included a discussion with "Marketplace" correspondent Helen Palmer about the Massachusetts health insurance law that requires residents to obtain health insurance by July 1 or face penalties. According to "Marketplace," the first enrollment phase -- which launched in January and included state residents with annual incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level -- has resulted in 130,000 previously uninsured Massachusetts residents obtaining health insurance. However, the most recent state figures show that uninsured residents with higher incomes are enrolling in health plans at a rate of about 100 per week.

The state has launched television advertisements and mail campaigns to help encourage residents to sign up, and officials expect enrollment to increase as the July 1 deadline approaches. Residents can face tax penalties if they do not obtain health insurance. The penalty for the first year amounts to about $218 for an individual, but in the second year, penalties will increase to about $1,200 for an individual, "Marketplace" reports (Ryssdal, "Marketplace," American Public Media, 6/19).

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