While more Massachusetts residents are insured
now, many still struggle to keep up with health
care costs, according to two new reports released
A poll by The Boston Globe and the Blue Cross
Blue Shield found that 97 percent of adults in
Massachusetts have health insurance, but even with
coverage many have trouble paying health care
bills. One-third of those polled said the cost of
care remains their biggest health concern.
Thirteen percent of insured residents said they
were unable to pay for some kind of health service
or fill at least one prescription in the past
The telephone poll of 506 adults was conducted
earlier this month by the University of New
Hampshire Survey Center. It has a margin of error
of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
A study also released Thursday found the cost of
health care plans offered to workers rose faster
than their income.
Families USA, a Washington DC-based advocacy
group looked at census data and information from
the federal departments of labor and health and
The study found that while annual health
insurance premiums rose from $7,341 to $13,040
between 2000 and 2007 - an increase of 77.6
percent - the median earnings of Massachusetts'
workers rose from $30,964 to $34,542, an increase
of 11.6 percent.
The percentage of insured in Massachusetts far
exceeds the national average because of a
first-in-the-nation law requiring residents to have
insurance. But experts say hefty deductibles and
co-payments still make it difficult for many
families to afford care. (AP)
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