Top 10 Highlights from the Massachusetts Health Care Cost Trends Hearing

Check in with Rosemarie Day as she reports on the state of Massachusetts and how their evolving healthcare reform movement is faring.  A previous speaker at RISE California, Rosemarie has a distinctive authority based on her experience at The Connector in the original formation of the public insurance exchange several years ago.  

By  | October 8, 2015 | BlogBlog & Press

Massachusetts led the nation in insuring more people and is now attempting to tackle its rising health care costs as part of this effort. To that end, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission hosted its third annual Health Care Cost Trends Hearing this past Monday and Tuesday, addressing the recent concerning reportfrom the Center for Health Information and Analytics (CHIA). Experts gathered for 2 days to discuss these results and identify strategies to address them.

Before diving into highlights from the hearings, it’s important to set the stage. Massachusetts has some of the highest health care costs in the country, and the Health Policy Commission has been working to develop strategies to combat this since being established in 2012. In 2013, Massachusetts health care spending grew by 1.2%, which was below the goal the Health Policy Commission set at 3.6% (the state’s GDP growth rate). However, the Center for Health Information and Analysis just reported in September that actual health care costs grew by 4.8% in 2014, which is well over the 3.6% goal. While some of this health care spending was presumably one-time due to the botched roll-out of the Connector, other forces are in play.


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