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'Precarious' state budget hinges on Medicaid waiver

Jul 20 2008

'Precarious' state budget hinges on Medicaid waiver

By Matt Murphy, Lowell Sun

"We think it's a very risky budget ," said Michael Widmer, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Association. "It's risky because it hasn't adjusted spending to reflect reduced revenue and some uncertainties that lay ahead."
 

Future of healthcare reform may hinge on outcome of waiver talks

Jun 19 2008

By Kyle Cheney, Cambridge Chronicle

"A Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report released this week said flattening enrollment in Commonwealth Care could limit the cost boost to $100 million higher than projections."
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Town insurance costs can’t be ignored

Jun 18 2008

Town insurance costs can’t be ignored

By Opinion, The Patriot Ledger

"While many unions rightfully decry the cuts in employees they face with budget reductions, the monies available are finite and getting tighter. A report last year from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shows that health care costs are about 10 percent of municipal budgets but left unchecked and unchanged, at an estimated 13 percent annual increase, it will consume about 23 percent by the year 2018."
 

Nurse staffing debate shifts to Senate

Jun 7 2008

Nurse staffing debate shifts to Senate

By David Kibbe, SouthCoastToday.com

"On Friday, four business groups released a public letter to Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, saying mandated staffing ratios had 'no proven effect on patient care' and would raise health care costs at a time the Legislature is trying to contain them.

"The letter was signed by the leaders of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation."

 

Nelson Benton: Lessons from Beverly's election

Jun 6 2008

Nelson Benton: Lessons from Beverly's election

By Nelson Benton, The Salem News

"Great point made by Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation during a speech Wednesday in Ipswich: How can legislative leaders talk about wanting to reduce health-care costs, then turn around and endorse a bill mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios that hospitals say will cost them millions?"
 

5% of Mass. taxpayers still without health insurance

Jun 3 2008

5% of Mass. taxpayers still without health insurance

By Brad Puffer, NECN

"Progress that Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts taxpayers foundation says is extraordinary. 'So this has been a stunning success to date. But there are major challenges ahead'" (1:28 of video)
 

Business and Labor Communities Determined to Move Ahead with Individual Tiering

Feb 1 2007

Business and Labor Communities Determined to Move Ahead with Individual Tiering

By Tom Walsh, Vital Signs

"This train is moving, and I agree we can't wait for the perfect set of data," added Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. At the same time, though, Widmer said doctors should not be unfairly hurt by the process. "I'm not comfortable with data that will unfairly tarnish anyone's reputation."
 
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