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September 13, 2018

The state made headway in controlling health care spending last year, according to a report released Wednesday.

Total health spending in Massachusetts increased 1.6 percent in 2017 — the lowest level of growth in five years — even as costs remain a burden for many consumers.

Spending on health care totaled $61.1 billion, or $8,907 per person, according to the report from the Center for Health Information and Analysis, a state agency. That was within a state-mandated target for controlling costs.

September 13, 2018

The cost of health care in Massachusetts continues to rise, but at a pace significantly below expectations.

The state Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) finds health care spending grew 1.6 percent from 2016 to 2017, with costs totaling $61.1 billion. That's about $8,900 per resident.

2017 was the second consecutive year that overall growth came in below the 3.6 percent benchmark set by the Health Policy Commission.

September 13, 2018

The Massachusetts economy, by many measures, is humming: low unemployment, a sizzling real estate market, incomes that are among the highest in the country.

But a broad and detailed survey to be released Thursday shows that the state trailed the rest of the nation in 2017 when it comes to middle-class income growth, poverty reduction, and the expansion of health insurance coverage.

August 2, 2018

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July 18, 2018

With time running out again on comprehensive sex education legislation, Rep. James O'Day says he's trying to convince his House colleagues that the bill is not about encouraging young people to be sexually active.

"There are some of my colleagues who are still skittish about this issue," O'Day, a West Boylston Democrat, said at a rally Tuesday. "It blows my mind. But it is what it is."

May 30, 2018

Massachusetts businesses, looking to cut their health care costs, are teaming up on a new initiative aimed at sharply cutting the number of people who seek care in hospital emergency rooms when they could be treated elsewhere.

Employer groups representing thousands of businesses across the state said Wednesday that they plan to reduce avoidable emergency room visits by 20 percent over the next two years, saving $100 million.

June 27, 2018

The Trump administration has rejected a request from Massachusetts to choose drugs covered by the state's Medicaid program based on cost and how well they work. The stated problem, spelled out in a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was that Massachusetts planned to keep collecting pharmaceutical rebates while excluding some drugs.

June 27, 2018

The federal government denied a request by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration to allow MassHealth not to cover certain drugs.

"While it is disappointing that our request to more effectively control rising pharmacy costs was not approved at this time, we remain committed to finding more innovative state-based solutions to reduce the growth in drug spending while maintaining access to necessary medications," said Massachusetts Health and Human Services spokeswoman Elissa Snook.

June 27, 2018

Federal officials have rejected proposals from Governor Charlie Baker’s administration to slash costs in the Massachusetts Medicaid program by limiting coverage for some prescription drugs and moving thousands of people off the program.

The Washington-based Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, said Wednesday that Massachusetts’ request did not meet the agency’s requirements for such changes.

The decision dealt a setback to Baker as he seeks to curb the rising costs of health care in the state budget.

July 9, 2018

Christopher Anderson’s op-ed on the state’s economy comments that “the devil’s in the details” when discussing the challenge that MassHealth, among other big budget items, presents to an otherwise strong state economy. Interesting how Anderson is then selective in the details he talks about for MassHealth. Here’s the devil to his argument: Approximately 50 percent of the MassHealth budget he’s concerned about is reimbursed by the federal government — the state’s actual obligation is half of what’s alleged, something Anderson overlooked.

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August 30, 2017

Advocates call for closer integration of dental care with other forms of health care at clinics. Interview for BNN News with Dr. Neetu Sing of Health Care For All and Shannon Wells of the Mass. League of Community Health Centers. Aired August 30, 2017.

August 4, 2017

“The cost-sharing reduction payments are critical for keeping coverage affordable for people buying individual coverage for themselves and their families,” said Brian Rosman, policy director at Health Care For All, a Boston nonprofit. “We know that uninsurance would increase in Massachusetts if the payments are not made.”


August 4, 2017

Neetu Singh, a dentist and oral health project manager for Health Care For All, said she is concerned that under Baker's proposal people will lose dental benefits and thereby lose access to oral health care. Singh said most of the people losing dental coverage will be unable to afford standalone plans and will "likely forego treatment."

July 18, 2017

The advocacy group Health Care for All praised some elements of Baker’s plan but said it “deplore[d] the call to block people from affordable MassHealth plans.”

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