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Mass. business groups, insurers form coalition to save $100M in health care costs

May 30 2018

By Boston Business Journal, Jessica Bartlett

“As an organization dedicated to the long-term economic and fiscal health of the Commonwealth, the Foundation recognizes the need to address the costs of health care by taking unnecessary cost out of the system,” said Taxpayers Foundation president Eileen McAnneny, who will co-chair the coalition. “Not only will this reduce health care costs and provide rate relief for small businesses and patients, it also allows us to optimize resources to ensure quality care for those in need of emergency care.”
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Mass. businesses want to reduce unnecessary ER visits by 20 percent

May 30 2018

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said employer groups will create a toolkit that explains “in plain English” the different locations where their workers can get medical care, and the different costs of those sites. “I think this is the start of something big,” McAnneny said of the initiative.
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Business groups seek reduction in avoidable ER visits

May 30 2018

AP / The Boston Herald

While the majority ER visits are necessary and often live-saving, business leaders say many less critical medical needs can be handled more effectively — and at a significantly lower cost — in other settings such as primary care practices or retail urgent care clinics. The coalition will be led by Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Business coalition wants to reduce ER visits by 20%

May 30 2018

State House News Service / WBJournal

"As an organization dedicated to the long-term economic and fiscal health of the Commonwealth, the Foundation recognizes the need to address the costs of health care by taking unnecessary cost out of the system," McAnneny said in a statement. She added, "Not only will this reduce health care costs and provide rate relief for small businesses and patients, it also allows us to optimize resources to ensure quality care for those in need of emergency care."
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Businesses aim to save $100M in health care costs by reducing emergency room visits

May 30 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"Our plan is to provide employers with a toolkit, which will include appropriate information communicated in plain English about the most appropriate sites for care, why that's important, and how it impacts premiums," said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. McAnneny is leading the coalition together with Richard Lord, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
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Nurses ask voters to set patient limits

May 3 2018

By Christian Wade, Gloucester Daily Times

It also includes the state's four largest business advocacy groups — Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and Massachusetts Business Roundtable.
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Mass. business groups oppose nurses’ ballot question

Apr 12 2018

By Margeaux Sippell, The Boston Globe

“Health-care costs are already a burden for many families and employers across Massachusetts,” Eileen McAnneny, president of the Taxpayers Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “Massachusetts should use its health-care dollars to focus on more pressing priorities, like mental health care and addiction treatment, rather than this self-serving ballot initiative,” she said.
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What was the Group Insurance Commission trying to do?

Jan 29 2018

By Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine

Eileen McAnnenny, a member of the Group Insurance Commission board and the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said she abstained from the vote because she wanted more time to study the proposal. She said members raised concerns about the rushed process at the board meeting, but said there was no pushback on the goal of streamlining the Group Insurance Commission’s network of health plans. “This was part of a thoughtful continuous effort to reduce administrative overhead,” she said, noting that higher overhead typically translates into higher premiums.
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Baker budget proposal seeks to return to pre-ACA health care options

Jan 25 2017

By Lauren Dezenski, Politico

“I think returning to the Massachusetts model would certainly be helpful for the commonwealth,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the right-leaning Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, adding, “I don’t envy the administration ... it is a particularly trying time in health care.”
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Gov. Charlie Baker defends proposed $2,000-per-worker health insurance fee

Jan 25 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the focus on health care costs "is very necessary and long overdue." But McAnneny said she has reservations about the employer assessment. "Having a $300 million new assessment on employers is a big amount by any measure," McAnneny said. McAnneny said the problem is with the ACA for letting someone who is offered employer-based coverage take MassHealth. "Essentially, employers are being held accountable for decisions made at a federal level," McAnneny said.
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