Massachusetts could provide healthcare coverage for its 532,000 uninsured residents with additional annual government spending of between $700 million and $900 million, according to a report from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The plan said that covering the uninsured should start with expanding the state's Medicaid program, giving tax credits to low-income residents to buy private plans, and lowering premiums for small employers by starting a public reinsurance pool that covers the most expensive medical cases. The report is the second the insurer published along with Partners HealthCare System, Boston. The Urban Institute, a not-for-profit nonpartisan research group, conducted the research. Read the full report. -- by Joseph Mantone
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