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From Sunday’s Globe

Health care battle focuses on Mass. model

With Supreme Court set to consider US law, the state’s experience illustrates problems of a patchwork mandate

WASHINGTON - The doctors and nurses in the emergency room of Holy Family Hospital in Methuen routinely treat patients who lack health insurance.

How can this be, given that Massachusetts requires its residents to obtain insurance and has achieved near-universal coverage since its landmark health-care law passed in 2006? Simple: many of the uninsured showing up at Holy Family hail from across the state border, a mere three miles away in New Hampshire, which has no such mandate.

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