Although 5.5 million people in MA have at least some health insurance, nearly 500,000 are without coverage for at least part of the year. 

The oft quoted 98% of Massachusetts residents that have health insurance includes those with only high deductible, catastrophic type plans that do not provide coverage for primary, preventative, episodic or chronic care – the underinsured – who still need help to access these essential services.  It also does not include an estimated 130,000 uninsured, 220,000 undocumented, and, according to the most recent data, an almost equal number that are without coverage for some part of the year.  Berkshire County has a disproportionate share of all of these groups.