Mass. seniors are struggling to pay their health care bills

Lawmakers are looking at ways to lower the cost

BOSTON (WWLP) – Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts and Harvard University surveyed 500 people, age 65 and older. The poll found 81 percent of participants were happy with the health care they’re receiving.

However, 26 percent of Massachusetts seniors are unhappy with the cost, and are struggling to pay their bills. It gets worse for those in poor health.

The poll points to a segment of seniors who have spent all or nearly all their personal savings on medical expenses, and some choose not to fill their prescriptions because they simply can’t afford it.

One woman visiting the State House for Holyoke Day told 22News these findings don’t surprise her. Susan Aiken said, “It’s pitiful that people cannot get the care they need or they have to make the choice to pay for their medicine or eat or pay their rent.”

State lawmakers are looking at ways to lower the cost of health care.

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