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MassHealth, massive headache – Governor Baker’s proposal to control soaring costs by levying an assessment on companies isn’t going down well with Massachusetts business leaders

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….. for the first time, a major rift has opened up between business leaders and the Republican governor. Baker has been backed into a corner by the soaring expense of MassHealth, the state’s publicly subsidized health insurance program for lower-income residents. MassHealth now accounts for about 40 percent of the state budget….. Continue reading

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Health Rates Rising For Small Firms

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Health insurance premiums for Massachusetts’ small businesses and individuals covered by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will rise by double digits over the next six months, nearly twice the pace of last year. Continue reading

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UnitedHealth considers ditching ACA’s exchanges due to giant losses

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UnitedHealth Group has lost $425 million from health plans sold on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, which forced the company to lower its profit projections for the rest of the year. The company suggested it may exit the exchanges altogether by 2017.

It’s a potentially huge blow to President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, which has already suffered from the demise of half of its not-for-profit health insurance co-ops Continue reading

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Visits to the doctor cost more as hospitals buy practices

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The cost of visiting the doctor is climbing as hospitals scoop up a growing number of physicians’ groups, according to a Harvard Medical School study.

Researchers found that when small doctors’ practices join large hospitals, their patients pay an average of $75 more every year for outpatient services like check-ups, even though the number of appointments stays the same.
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State health plan bugs remain

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Software defects that have dogged the Massachusetts Health Connector are significantly more severe than expected, forcing the agency to scale back its ambitions for the fall open-enrollment period, state officials revealed Thursday. Continue reading

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Mass. health insurers blame taxes, fees for loss

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The state’s four largest nonprofit health insurers said Friday that hefty taxes and fees related to the federal health care law caused them to lose a combined $124 million on operations in the first three months of the year. Continue reading

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Courts issue opposite decisions on health care

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WASHINGTON — Two federal Appeals Court panels issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange. Continue reading

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HEALTH COSTS TO INCREASE FOR SMALL BUSINESS

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Health insurance rates up slightly for small employers, individuals. (Boston Globe, 5/17/2014)  Continue reading ->

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INSURERS LINK STEEP LOSSES TO HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL

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Higher premiums likely to offset costs… (Boston Globe, 5/16/2014) Continue reading ->

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STATE TO STOP HEALTH WEBSITE

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Next steps have uncertainties for users, insurers (Boston casino online Globe, 5/6/2014).  Continue reading –>

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