If not for government assistance, millions more would be impoverished, according to the latest data.
When a federal program to increase Medicaid doctors' pay ends in December, most states will choose not to keep it up.
Massachusetts' effort to publicize prices is the most comprehensive so far. But some say it's more important for patients to have information on the quality of care.
The state is the first to let voters decide whether to make experimental drugs available to terminally ill patients -- a growing movement that started in a few state legislatures this year.