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Deal Likely For Affordable Coverage

One year after Massachusetts enacted its universal health insurance law, the people overseeing its rollout are recommending ways to make it more affordable for all.

On Thursday, The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector is expected to approve proposals to lower premiums for an additional 23,000 residents and extending free care eligibility to 29,000 others.

To make this a reality, the Connector will likely ask the state for a $13 million increase in its budget for the next fiscal year.

The question of whether Massachusetts can make coverage affordable has been a sticking point in the rollout of the law. Now, a deal appears likely, as WBUR's Martha Bebinger reports from the Statehouse.

This program aired on April 12, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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