Mass. drops health coverage for 30,000 legal immigrants

The New York Times reports that the proposed state budget of Massachusetts will “eliminate health care coverage for some 30,000 legal immigrants to help close a growing deficit” unless Governor Patrick’s proposal to restore partial coverage to immigrants is accepted.

Critics of the cut, which would save an estimated $130 million, say it unfairly targets taxpaying residents and threatens the state’s health care experiment at a critical time.

“It either sends the message that health care reform cannot be done, period,” said Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, “or it opens the door to doing it halfway and excluding immigrants from the process.”

The Boston Globe profiles an immigrant with prostate cancer who is at risk of losing health insurance as a result of the proposed changes.

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