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Fight grows over shift of seniors' health plan in Massachusetts

Boston Globe, April 28, 2010

Legislation that could push more than 100,000 low-income senior citizens in Massachusetts into managed care health plans spurred intense lobbying as consumer advocates argued the measure would strip patients of their freedom to stay in traditional Medicare, while proponents said it could save the state significant money. At issue is a bill which would require elders who are receiving both state-subsidized Medicaid health benefits and federal Medicare coverage to be automatically enrolled in managed care health plans. Known as Senior Care Options, the plans are paid a fixed monthly amount to provide all of a person's care.