... Baker proposes 3.5 percent increase in unrestricted local aid ...... Governor says he's "not sure" whether his budget will increase charter school reimbursements, special education funding ...... "It's not that hard for us to keep track of this number" - Gov. Baker on students from Puerto Rico in Mass. schools ...... District court nominee Power dubious about field sobriety tests ...... Saturday deadline spurs OCPF to give candidates until Jan. 22 to file year-end reports ...... Sen. Warren urges more funding for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to fight harassment, discrimination ...... Third Congressional District candidate Beej Das reports $425,000 in donations during Q4 ...... Kevin Franck elevated by Setti Warren's guv campaign to deputy campaign manager ...... Doctors tell lawmakers they like guv's plan to make naloxone more widely available ...
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SÁNCHEZ: INFO NEEDED BEFORE STATE CAN COLLECT MASSHEALTH ASSESSMENT

Nestled into the fiscal year 2017 closeout spending bill passed Wednesday in the House was an outside section to begin the process of determining how many employers have employees on public health care programs.

The fiscal year 2018 budget passed and signed this summer imposes a two-tier employer assessment to help pay for rising MassHealth costs. Tier one boosts from $51 to $77 per year the per-employee assessment paid by employers, known as the Employer Medical Assistance Contribution. The second tier would hit employers with penalties of up to $750 per employee if their workers choose MassHealth coverage even though they have access to private insurance through their employers.


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