healthgeneric2cbs1 Lawmakers pass health care reform measure

Massachusetts lawmakers say a new health care bill they approved will help small businesses combat rising health care costs and force insurers to spend more on medical care and less on administrative costs.

The legislation passed Saturday allows small businesses to form cooperatives to strengthen their purchasing power. It also requires insurers to promote low-cost health care providers in their networks.

Supporters estimate the bill would help small businesses save 10 percent on health care premium costs. They also say it sets the stage for further reforms in the next legislative session that starts in January.

A controversial tax on hospitals, which was included in the Senate’s original version, was stripped out of the compromise bill.

The bill is now on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk. He has said he supports it.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s