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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Insuring more people: good news and bad news
By Alice Dembner, Globe Staff
Another 12,000 people signed up for state-subsidized health insurance in September, pushing the total to 127,000, state officials said today. And the state this month is sending out notices to about 45,000 people it believes are eligible, but who haven’t yet enrolled.
Of the total enrolled, about 79,000 are getting full subsidies, far more than the 60,000 the state expected.
All that growth could put unexpected pressure on the state budget, a point made at today’s meeting of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector by board member Richard Lord, president of Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
Leslie Kirwan, chairman of the connector's board and state secretary of administration and finance, acknowledged that the state hadn’t budgeted for that success. “We’re still evaluating the impact,” she said.