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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Enrollment in subsidized health plans beating projections

By Liz Kowalczyk, Globe Staff

People are enrolling faster than expected in health insurance plans under a new state law that eventually will require most Massachusetts residents to have coverage.

Nearly 63,000 people who earn less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level -- about $30,000 annually for an individual -- had signed up for state subsidized plans as of April 1, said officials overseeing implementation of the law. State officials had projected that it would take until July 1 to enroll 70,000 residents, out of the estimated 140,000 eligible for subsidized coverage.

Thousands of other residents who earn more than 300 percent of the poverty level will be required to enroll in non-subsidized programs this year. For individuals earning less than $10,210 per year, there are no monthly premiums. For those earning above that and up to $30,630, the average premium is $45 per month.

Information is available by calling 1-877-623-6765, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or online at the Commonwealth Care website.

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