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Better Budget News -- Re: MassHealth Essential

Better Budget News -- Re: MassHealth Essential

June 10, 2005

Yesterday's blog entry did not include the full story on MassHealth Essential -- the program now insuring about 44,000 very low income, long term unemployed adults. We were disappointed that the final budget did not lift the enrollment cap now in place. On the Senate floor. Sen. Ways and Means Chair Therese Murray stated that House and Senate budget negotiators made a commitment to raise the enrollment cap in a supplemental budget to be approved in the fall. Sen. Murray's words on the floor:

"We have agreed to an increase in Mass Health for an additional $20 million in a supplemental budget this September." There's no more honorable or classy a senator as Sen. Murray. We thank her and legislative leaders for keeping this essential need in mind.