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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
Insuring the uninsured
By Alice Dembner, Globe Staff
Enrolling virtually every eligible uninsured person in the state’s subsidized insurance program is one of the goals the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector today set for itself in the coming year.
As of Sept. 1, the total enrolled was just over 115,000.
The difficulty in meeting the new goal is that no one really knows how many state residents meet the income and other requirements for the Commonwealth Care program.
Another goal is signing up 35,000 people for the Commonwealth Choice program, which offers unsubsidized insurance including some stripped down plans, through the Connector.
This program is aimed at people with mid-level incomes or higher – and estimates suggested there were between 160,000 and 230,000 people without insurance last year in this income group.
The Connector is figuring that most of those people are going to get insurance through their jobs or directly from insurance brokers or companies.