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Health Care Reform in Massachusetts: Act II

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law today an expansive range of health care cost-control measures. The new legislation comes six years after former Governor Mitt Romney, the current presumptive Republican presidential nominee, signed the state’s previous major health reform law, which greatly expanded insurance coverage. Many policymakers and stakeholders in Massachusetts consider the newly signed law to be the second phase of health care reform. The law will implement a variety of cost control and quality performance measures—global spending targets; payment, delivery system, and malpractice reform; improved data collection and reporting; and new investments in prevention and public health. However, the law’s fairly soft enforcement of cost containment targets may reduce its ability to contain growth in spending.

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