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Health fund for Massachusetts jobless runs low

Boston Globe, August 5, 2009

A state program that helps pay most health insurance costs for 27,000 unemployed Massachusetts residents is on the cusp of going broke. The program is now setting off a debate between healthcare advocates and business leaders who say funding it is a burden on companies fighting for their survival. The state's Medical Security Program, financed solely by a tax on employers, will run out of money in January because of the surge in unemployment over the past year, state officials said.