Last night, the conference committee on the health care cost control bill filed its report. Both branches are certain to approve the conference report unchanged later today.
Here are some of the highlights:
It’s a big step forward and the lead legislative accomplishment for this session. Health Care for all commented:
This historic legislation affirms Massachusetts’ leadership in consumer focused health care innovation, and we expect the nation will again look to the Massachusetts experience as a model for quality, affordable care for all.
We’ll see how it works over the next few years!
Many feel that next year’s work in the health care area will come back to the issue of high costs for lower middle income people and small businesses. The bill we are passing now may, we hope, reshape the industry and control the overall rate of cost increase, but it won’t actually reduce costs. Necessary responses to the federal health care law may be an occasion to give further attention to access affordability issues.
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