Even with insurance, Mass. residents often can’t afford care

By Felice J. Freyer Nearly all Massachusetts adults have health insurance, but being insured is no guarantee patients can afford health care or even find someone to provide it, according to a survey released Wednesday. Read more…
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Are Mass. health care costs rising too quickly?

By Evan Horowitz Health care is expensive. About one in every seven dollars people earn in Massachusetts is used to pay for doctors, hospitals, prescription drugs, and other medical needs. That’s twice what Bay Staters spend at restaurants and nearly the same amount as they spend on h
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Massachusetts employer health insurance penalty set for repeal

By Jerry Geisel A Massachusetts health reform law board is scheduled Thursday to vote for the second and final time to repeal regulations relating to a landmark state statute that required employers to either offer health care coverage to their employees or pay a fine. Read more..
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Federal Funding and State Health-Care Exchanges

By Chris Jacobs Conservatives have long argued that “first dollar” insurance coverage helps raise the cost of health care, as people tend to overconsume services they perceive as free. Implementation of state insurance exchanges appears to confirm that hypothesis: Several states that
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Plan approved to replace Mass. insurance exchange

By Associated Press A plan for replacing Massachusetts’ failed health insurance marketplace website will cost more than $120 million, state officials estimated Thursday, adding they hoped most of the money would come from the federal government. Read more…
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Reinsurance, Arbitrations and the Ever Increasing Authority of the Arbitrator

By Stephen D. Rosenberg There has been a literal rush of interesting decisions out of the First Circuit and the Massachusetts District Court in the last few weeks, and I am going to try to catch up and comment on them over the next few days. One that jumped out at me, for various reas
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Massachusetts to Retain Health-Exchange Vendor CGI

By Jon Kamp BOSTON—Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday the state will retain the company behind its online health-insurance exchange but is bringing on additional help after an outside review found problems with the performance of vendor CGI Group Inc. Read more…
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Per-person healthcare spending highest in Mass.; Minn. sees decline

By Andis Robeznieks Massachusetts leads the nation in the percentage of residents with health insurance. It also spends more on healthcare per person than any other state. In Minnesota, meanwhile, health spending actually declined. Read more…
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States withholding payments from contractors that built exchange sites

By Paul Demko Massachusetts and Vermont are taking steps to financially punish CGI Federal, the contractor they hired to help build their exchange websites. Read more…
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With Connector website unworkable, state processing insurance applications offline

By Chelsea Conaboy The state has temporarily put on hold efforts to fix its balky new health insurance website while it focuses on creating an offline system for processing applications for people who need coverage to start Jan. 1. Read more…
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