Massachusetts lawmakers must quickly come up with about $150 million to provide health insurance to tens of thousands of legal immigrants, after the state’s highest court ruled yesterday that they were illegally excluded from subsidized coverage available to other residents. The Supreme Judicial Court said a 2009 law that cut legal immigrants from the insurance program “violates their rights to equal protection under the Massachusetts Constitution.” State officials promised to take fast action on the court decision, which could affect up to 37,400 immigrants.
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