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New Report: 1 in 4 Uninsured Are Eligible for Coverage (Not in MA)

New Report: 1 in 4 Uninsured Are Eligible for Coverage (Not in MA)

May 5, 2008

New report from the National Insitute for Healthcare Management: Understanding the Uninsured: Tailoring Policy Solutions for Different Subpopulations:

One in four people without health insurance in America are eligible for government-funded health coverage but have failed to sign up for any government aid program, according to a new study. The study, by nonprofit research group National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation (NIHCM), says 12 million of the nation’s 47 million uninsured could sign up for Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), but fail to do so because they are unaware of the programs or find it difficult to enroll.

Nice section in the report on various efforts in Massachusetts to create options for the uninsured. One thing NOT mentioned in the report -- Massachusetts' extensive efforts to find and enroll eligible and uninsured persons. We really doubt that one in four MA uninsured are eligible for coverage. That's because all state stakeholders, in and our of government, recognize the need to enroll folks in coverage.