Health Care

Massachusetts is inching toward health-care legislation that, if successful, could overhaul how the state pays for health care — and save billions in the process. Both the Massachusetts Senate and House have released bills that aim to cut at least $150 billion in health-care costs over the next 15 years. They do so by setting a global cap on health-care spending, under which health-care providers get paid for the quality — rather than quantity — of medicine they provide. Read full article >>

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  • GOP boycotts health care advisory boardGOP boycotts health care advisory board
    House and Senate Republican leaders told President Barack Obama Thursday that they will refuse to nominate candidates to serve on an advisory board that is to play a role in holding down Medicare costs under the new health care act. More
  • US medicine spending shows rare dip
    Total U.S. spending on prescription medicines declined last year, a first in more than half a century. The dip was 1 percent, to $325.8 billion — a 3.5 percent drop after accounting for population growth and economic expansion, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. More
  • Study Finds Expanded Medicaid Increases Health Care Use
    Come January, millions of low-income adults will gain health insurance coverage through Medicaid in one of the farthest-reaching provisions of the Obama health care law. More
  • Where the Budget Cut Pain Is Really Being FeltWhere the Budget Cut Pain Is Really Being Felt
    "It's in areas like health care, education and job training," Packer said. "Programs are closing or are being cut, layoffs are happening. It's not just waiting in line a bit longer at the airport." More
  • Governments may push workers to health exchange
    In a move that would capitalize on provisions under President Barack Obama's health care law but could cost the federal government millions of dollars, Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way to pass a large chunk of their health care expenses along to Washington, D.C. More
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    U.S. Stocks Fluctuate Amid Earnings; Dollar Falls, Copper Gains - Washington Post
    04/16/2015 - 6:57 am | View Link
  • Democrats bid to restore tourism funds, boost local aid - Newbury Port News
    Gov. Baker seeks resignation of board that oversees MBTA - Boston Herald
    04/16/2015 - 4:25 am | View Link
  • State House budget proposal would restore tourism funding - Gloucester Daily Times
    The $37.9 billion spending ... funds for mental health and ... budget also cut more than $8 million from the Massachusetts ... mix of rising ...
    04/15/2015 - 1:09 pm | View Link
  • Democratic leaders' budget would restore cuts made by Gov. Baker - Salem Evening News
    The $37.9 billion spending ... funds for mental health and ... budget also cut more than $8 million from the Massachusetts ... mix of rising ...
    04/15/2015 - 12:15 pm | View Link
  • Massachusetts House releases $38 billion budget similar to Governor ... - Berkshire Eagle
    ... proposed a $38 billion budget ... to cover added pension costs ... for child and adolescent mental health services cut in ... election in ...
    04/15/2015 - 4:50 am | View Link
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  • Medicaid heat is put on 4 states
    which manages federal funding to the states for health programs, alerted Florida officials that it plans to let the state's $1.3 billion in low-income-pool funding lapse at the end of June. "Uncompensated care pool funding should not pay for costs that ...
    04/24/2015 - 9:35 pm | View Link
  • GOP governors may pay price for refusing to expand Medicaid under Obamacare
    The biggest incentive is the law’s promise of federal funds to cover the whole cost of newly qualified Medicaid patients for three years, until 2016, and at least 90 percent of the costs thereafter ... Obama would cut off federal health care dollars ...
    04/24/2015 - 6:22 pm | View Link
  • States cry foul on funds for poor
    as the health care law provides, and then they wouldn't need as much extra help with costs for the uninsured. Two top targets so far are Florida and Texas, with large numbers of uninsured residents. Both have received several billion dollars in recent ...
    04/24/2015 - 2:33 pm | View Link
  • Massachusetts House releases $38 billion budget similar to Governor Charlie Baker's
    BOSTON >> With new revenues materializing for the first time from slot machine gambling, House Democratic leaders on Wednesday proposed a $38 billion ... health services, would restore funding for 700 families for child and adolescent mental health ...
    04/15/2015 - 9:47 am | View Link
  • $38 billion budget plan released by Massachusetts House committee
    BOSTON - The House Committee on Ways and Means has a proposed a budget of just under $38 billion for fiscal year 2016 ... The budget takes money to fund future retiree health insurance costs through "debt service reversions," money left unspent at the ...
    04/15/2015 - 9:40 am | View Link
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  • Massachusetts
    This article is about the U.S. state. For other uses, see Massachusetts (disambiguation).
    04/25/2015 - 12:50 pm | View Website
  • Health Information Technology: Can HIT Lower Costs and ...
    RAND researchers have estimated the potential costs and benefits of widespread adoption of Health Information Technology (HIT).
    04/25/2015 - 10:13 am | View Website
  • Springfield, Massachusetts
    Springfield, Massachusetts news on ... Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy
    04/25/2015 - 8:47 am | View Website
  • Health Care Systems Try to Cut Costs by Aiding the Poor ...
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    04/24/2015 - 6:57 pm | View Website
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    04/24/2015 - 6:14 pm | View Website
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