States Eye Whether Mass. Health Cost Bill Is Tough Enough

Law360, New York (August 1, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT) -- States will be watching closely to see whether Massachusetts' newly passed health care cost-cutting bill — touted as a potential model for the rest of the country — actually has enough enforcement power to get providers and insurers to lower their spending growth, experts say.

The bill, passed by the state legislature Tuesday and expected to be signed by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, creates several ways to reduce the rate of health care spending in the state. Notably, it sets a cap on how quickly spending...
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