Our state is very close to becoming the first in the nation to require health insurance for all its residents.
The cost of health insurance isn’t cheap. Many people will have a hard time affording it for themselves and their families.
The alternative is, everyone else pays when the uninsured go to the doctor or to the hospital.
I like option #1, a lot more.
It’s been a tortuous process, to get this far, this close.
Most individuals will be required to have health insurance by July 1, 2007. Lower-income residents will be able to have their insurance subsidized by the state, and the very poor will have their coverage paid for, completely.
Not everyone is happy about the regulations.
One group, The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, “has heavily lobbied the state to exempt all families under 500 percent of federal poverty level from the individual mandate to obtain health insurance coverage by July 1.”
This would, in effect, gut the entire program, making it “universal healthcare” in name only.
The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority will discuss this starting tomorrow, at 2 p.m., in the 21st floor conference room at One Ashburton Place in Boston.
Source: Mass. to begin debate on health insurance affordability standards – By Mark Hollmer, Boston Business Journal