Massachusetts is behind schedule in implementing its new program of subsidized health plans for the uninsured, and the state is likely to enroll only half of the 200,000 working uninsured it had hoped to have enrolled by Oct. 1, according to a state report. Under the state's new law requiring uninsured individuals to buy health coverage, individuals and families earning up to 300% of the federal poverty level qualify for subsidized coverage. But staff members at the state authority overseeing the program don't anticipate being able to enroll individuals earning more than 100% of the poverty level by Oct. 1, according to the report. Some 70,000 individuals below poverty level should be signed up by them. A state official told the Boston Globe there hasn't been enough time since the law was passed in April to create and adequately market the new health plans. Enrollment probably will be delayed three months, the official said. -- by Joseph Mantone
Mass. falling behind schedule in program for uninsured
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