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Mass. Top Court Rules Legal Immigrants Improperly Barred from Subsidized Insurance Program

Posted Jan 6, 2012 11:43 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that a law barring legal immigrants from a subsidized insurance program violated their rights to equal protection under the state constitution.

The opinion by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court could cost the state up to $150 million, report the Boston Globe, the Associated Press and the Boston Herald.

The subsidized insurance program was created in 2006 under a state law that required most residents to have health coverage, the Globe says. Low-income residents were eligible for the subsidized program. But under a 2009 law, legal immigrants who qualified were funneled into a different program that cost more, covered less and restricted health care providers.

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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