On September 1, 2009, over 30,000 documented immigrants and taxpaying residents of Massachusetts lost their health insurance, Commonwealth Care, due to budget cuts. These indiviuals pay the same taxes as all residents of the Commonwealth and deserve access to the same benefits. As a result of this shift in coverage, many immigrants have had difficulty finding new primary care doctors and face prohibitively high copays. On May 6, 2011, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the removal of this population from Commonwealth Care was likely a violation of equal protection under the state constitution.
Please, join us in telling our legislators to restore to 40,000 taxpaying, documented immigrants to Commonwealth Care.