Mass. Senate OKs Health Reform Bill, Expecting $150B Savings

Law360, New York (May 18, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT) -- Hoping to tame out-of-control health care costs, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation that would link spending to the size of the state’s economy and provide incentives for medical providers to overhaul their business models.

Lawmakers approved the bill on a 35-2 vote and described the legislation’s cost-capping provisions as unprecedented.

Under the law, a goal would immediately be established under which health care expenditures would rise at the same pace as the gross state product, plus 0.5 percent. Starting in 2016, spending...
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