Mass. holds hearings to lower healthcare costs

April 23, 2010

Massachusetts, the only state that requires its citizens to hold health insurance, held hearings in March about lower health insurance costs.

MASSACHUSETTS, the only state that requires its citizens to hold health insurance, held hearings in March about lowering healthcare costs, including transitioning away from a fee-for-service payment model for physicians. Governor Deval Patrick's Division of Health Care Finance and Policy heard from physicians, hospitals, insurers, public health experts, and other groups. The state's average family insurance premium was $13,500 in 2008.

WASHINGTON Governor Chris Gregoire signed an executive order earlier this month to create a Health Care Cabinet to implement national healthcare reform in the state. The Health Care Cabinet will look for ways the state can receive federal funds from the new law.