High Deductible Mandate

The state's plans for health coverage for the uninsured is being questioned today for having proposed deductibles as costly as $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families.

Governor Deval Patrick unveiled the details about the deductibles over the weekend. Officials say they were able to make monthly premiums lower by having high deductibles but critics say those high deductibles may deter people from seeking medical help.

President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Nancy Turnball discusses some of the progress that has been made as well as the challenges that remain before the mandatory healthcare law goes into effect on July 1.

This program aired on March 5, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.


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