... Senate bill includes $114 million in MassHealth savings for fiscal 2020, Spilka estimates ...... "Rising health care costs are crowding out our shared priorities" - Sen. Spilka ...... Several of Baker's ideas, price variation commission recommendations in Senate bill, Rosenberg says ...... The goal on health care is to "get a significant bill to the governor's desk," Rosenberg says ...... Access, quality, cost, outcomes guided Senate's formulation of health care bill, Rosenberg says ...... Welch: Senate health care bill based on "common sense" and "realistic expectations" ...... Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee nominations accepted through Nov. 27 ...... Senate working group to hold Oct. 23 public hearing on draft health care legislation ...... House votes 151-3 to attach restrictions on gun discharge rates to supplemental budget bill ...... Haverhill's Vargas, North Adams' Barrett survive Dem primaries in race for open House seats ...... As tax reform heats up, Neal is Boston Chamber's guest on Oct. 27 ...
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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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