BOSTON-On Oct. 17, the Massachusetts Senate released a report “Working Together to Improve Our Health: Right Care, Right Place, Fair Price, Recommendations from the Senate Working Group on Health Care Cost Containment and Reform,” that focuses on both short and long terms goals on how to fix our healthcare system to lower costs, improve outcomes, and maintain access. The report and accompanying draft legislation is the result of effort by a group of Senators to address the healthcare system by analyzing the best practices in other states and engaging stakeholders in a series of meetings over the last year.
“Attempts to control healthcare costs within the present private insurance system have failed, and costs have steadily consumed more state, municipal, business and household budgets,” said Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington). “This legislation is a step in the right direction in addressing rising healthcare costs that have put a strain on many families in our state. I look forward to working with my colleagues to strengthen the bill to ensure that we continue to develop the most efficient way to deliver high quality healthcare coverage to consumers at a fair price.”