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Managing The Risks Of Healthcare Reform

Jun 27 2012

By Matt Siegel, Insurance News

Furthermore, according to a recent report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, "additional state spending attributable to the health reform law accounted for only 1.4 percent of the Commonwealth's $32 billion budget in fiscal 2011."
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Cities vary in approach to retiree health care

Jun 27 2012

By David Riley, The Newton Tab

“Over time, it will take more and more of the budget,” said Michael Widmer, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which issued two recent reports critical of retiree health care costs. “There's no dodging it.”
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School board members say students lose out as Brockton must cut budget to fund health insurance

Jun 26 2012

By Alex Bloom, The Enterprise

“Many other cities and towns have moved forward with reform and will save millions on employee health insurance, allowing them to maintain services in (2012-2013),” said Carolyn Ryan, a policy analyst for the group. “On the other hand, Brockton faces another year with unnecessary cuts to basic services.”
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GUEST OPINION: One giant step along perilous road for cities and towns

Jun 24 2012

By Michael J. Widmer, The Herald News

The Legislature and governor made enormous strides last year in giving cities and towns the tools to better control insurance costs while still providing generous health care coverage to their employees and retirees. But without serious reforms in retiree health care eligibility and benefits, these costs will threaten local budgets and force municipal leaders to make cuts to core services like education and public safety. In short, there is still considerable work to be done.
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Romneycare In Massachusetts, Six Years Later

Jun 21 2012

By Elizabeth Hartfield, ABC News

The cost of the law to the state has not been very high. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimated that increased spending attributable to the law accounted for a little more than 1 percent of the state's budget for the 2010 fiscal year.
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Health reform with a mandate: the Massachusetts story

Jun 19 2012

By Sara Kliff, The Washington Post

Not all of that, however, has to do with the state’s health care law: a report this year from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation found that, in 2011, the law was responsible for an increase of just over 1 percent in state spending.
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Our view: New health plan a good deal for Peabody taxpayers

Jun 14 2012

The Salem News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which spearheaded the effort to give municipalities more leverage in their efforts to reduce health insurance costs, reported last month, "Implementation of the 2011 municipal health reform law is vastly surpassing expectations, as 102 Massachusetts communities have negotiated agreements with employees that will generate $117 million in first-year savings. ... The original first-year savings estimate of $100 million statewide will be dwarfed as more communities implement changes throughout 2012."

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Golden: Thunder in the middle

Jun 10 2012

By Peter Golden, The MetroWest Daily News

Two weeks ago, the independent Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a trusted watchdog of state finances, reported 102 (of the roughly 350 in the state) municipalities had negotiated health insurance agreements with their employees that will save upwards of $100 million in the first year alone. Along similar lines, 141 municipalities and school districts had implemented changes in the collective bargaining process that will lead to even greater savings. Translation: Public employees will be absorbing more of their health care costs.



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Moore: Making Health Care Affordable

Jun 9 2012

By Richard Moore, The MetroWest Daily News

Health care is such a major part of our economy, a miscalculation could seriously set back the Commonwealth’s economic recovery — a recovery that is unsteady and that could easily be undercut by the current instability with our trading partners in Europe or by Draconian budgeting in Washington. Certainly, the highly regarded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation shares this need for caution.



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House approves health care cost containment bill

Jun 6 2012

By Matt Murphy, Statehouse News Service

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer last week called the House bill "seriously flawed." Noting that price caps and rate regulation "that have a long record of failure" and will place new costs on the system, Widmer said, "The House bill is a setback for health care consumers, the health care industry, and the future of the Massachusetts economy."

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