ASHLEY: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RECENTLY SIGNED A NEW FEDERAL TAX BILL INTO LAW 22NEWS STATE HOUSE REPORTER ELISHA MACHADO TELLS US HOW WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS ARE RESPONDING TO THE NEW LAW

ELISHA: THIS NEW FEDERAL LAW WILL CHANGE HOW YOU PAY TAXES, BUT IT ALSO DEALS WITH HEALTH CARE THE LEGISLATION REPEALS THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE WHICH REQUIRES PEOPLE TO HAVE A MINIMUM LEVEL OF HEALTH COVERAGE DESPITE THIS PROVISION, LONGMEADOW STATE SENATOR ERIC LESSER SAID THAT MASSACHUSETTS IS PROTECTED FROM A MEASURE IN THE BILL THAT REPEALS THE FEDERAL HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATE IN THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HEALTH CARE STATUTE MASSACHUSETTS HAS A STATEWIDE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE IN A STATEMENT TO 22NEWS, LESSER SAID, IN PART: "HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS, WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING HEALTH CARE TO ALL OUR RESIDENTS AND OUR RECORD SPEAKS FOR ITSELF – WE HAVE NEARLY 100 PERCENT COVERAGE IN OUR STATE

" MASSACHUSETTS HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF RESIDENTS WITH HEALTH COVERAGE IN THE NATION ELISHA: RESIDENTS STILL IN NEED OF COVERAGE CAN APPLY THROUGH THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH CONNECTOR THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD ENDS ON JANUARY 24TH AT THE STATE HOUSE IN

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