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Monday, July 2, 2007

Hungry for information

By Alice Dembner, Globe Staff

The state has been flooded with inquiries about the requirement that every adult obtain health insurance this year if it is affordable.

Calls, e-mails and visits to the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector soared over the last month, reaching 70,000 last week, according to a connector spokesman. That's up from 25,000 inquiries in mid-May, before advertising campaigns began.

The official deadline for getting coverage was yesterday, but there is a grace period until just before the end of the year.

The connector, the new state agency overseeing implementation of the requirement, doesn't yet have an updated tally on how many are newly buying insurance. As of last month, about 135,000 of the approximately 400,000 to 500,000 uninsured had obtained coverage, either through new subsidized state plans or through Medicaid.

Other people are buying unsubsidized coverage through the connector or from insurers, and still others are newly insured through work-based plans.

Information on the law and new coverage options is available via the connector and boston.com.

Posted by Karen Weintraub at 03:04 PM
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