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As costs soar, Massachusetts foresees change in health insurance rules

Boston Globe, March 12, 2010

Massachusetts regulators announced that they will probably change the formula they use to determine how many state residents face a tax penalty for not having health insurance, because spiraling costs are making coverage unaffordable for too many people. The state's 2006 health law requires nearly everyone to have health insurance or to pay a stiff tax penalty. But several board members said that since 2006, insurance costs have risen much faster than incomes. The affordability formula the board uses is pegged to income and the cost of health insurance plans that are available in each region, the Boston Globe reports.