Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and state Senate President Robert Travaglini unveiled competing proposals to slash the state's number of uninsured. Romney's Commonwealth Care plan aims to expand coverage to every state resident by 2009 without additional cost to taxpayers. It would do so largely by enrolling more eligible residents in Medicaid while allowing private insurers to offer less comprehensive, and therefore less expensive, insurance plans. Travaglini's legislative proposal, which aims to cover half of the state's 530,000 uninsured by the end of 2006, would encourage insurers to offer cheaper health plans to individuals and small businesses and would boost Medicaid payments to providers by $90 million per year. No price tag was placed on Travaglini's plan. -- by Laura B. Benko
Top Mass. lawmakers offer plans to help uninsured
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