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Costs snarling health overhaul in Massachusetts

Boston Globe, May 28, 2009

Soaring healthcare costs, combined with the recession, are threatening to undermine the gains from Massachusetts' 2006 healthcare overhaul, according to the third annual "Update on Health Reform in Massachusetts." The survey of roughly 4,000 adults found that, after seeing initial gains in affordability, an increasing percentage of residents are now reporting problems paying medical bills. It also found that a rising number of residents, especially those with lower incomes, are reporting that they did not get needed care because of costs that are rising faster than inflation.