Health Care Costs

Report: Wasteful Health Care Spending Up In Mass. A new report is estimating that nearly four out of every 10 dollars spent on health care in Massachusetts is doing little to improve the lives of patients.
'Unhealthy' Workers May Face New Costs, Penalties For Health Care It’s the time of year when most workers start making their benefit selections for next year.
Free Preventative Services Insurance Providers Are Required To OfferEvery American with health insurance, including Medicare, is now eligible for many preventive services that previously often required a co-payment, deductible or other out-of-pocket cost.
National Democrats Eye Mass. Health Care Cost Containment Law Some of President Barack Obama's former advisers are proposing major changes aimed at controlling health care costs as political uncertainty hovers over his health law.
Patrick Signs Health Care Cost Containment BillThe legislation aims to control health care costs that have continued to grow following the 2006 law, which requires nearly all residents to have health insurance coverage.
Beacon Hill To Debate Health Care Cost BillMassachusetts lawmakers are preparing to debate a bill House and Senate negotiators say will save up to $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years.
Keller @ Large: Gov. Patrick Signs Municipal Health Care Reform BillA new measure is bringing some relief to local communities struggling with skyrocketing health care costs for municipal employees. Jon Keller is at large.
Menino Reaches Deal With Boston Unions On Health CareMayor Menino says conditional agreement has been reached with the city's three dozen public employee unions that would save the city $70 million in health care costs.
Study: Town Health Plans Much More Costly Than Private PlansIt’s no secret: health care costs are eating up budgets in cities and towns across Massachusetts.
Keller @ Large: How Towns Can Work With Unions To Curb Health Care CostsLocal cities and towns are trying to find a way to work with unions to help curb skyrocketing health care costs.
Patrick Health Care Reform 2.0: Make It More AffordableGov. Patrick says the next phase of health care reform should focus more on paying doctors for keeping their patients well instead of the fee-for-service model.
Report: $20 Billion Health Care Burden Could Crush TownsA new report says the 50 largest communities in Massachusetts face a "staggering" $20 billion unfunded liability for retiree health care benefits.
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