... Baker suggests structure to shed light on purpose of legal fees paid by Legislature ...... Mass Home Care says Senate health care bill proposes largest funding cut in program's 43-year history ...... After saying he planned to stay on, Attleboro mayor-elect Rep. Heroux plans to resign his House seat ...... Baker says current English language learning law working well for thousands in Massachusetts ...... Contraception bill was good opportunity for Mass. to "send a message" to others, Baker says ...... Sen. Chandler to Gov. Baker at contraception bill signing: "Thank you so much for supporting our work" ...... Women "we will never know about" will make family planning choice thanks to new law, Rep. Haddad says ...... Veteran Rep. Kaufman, 70, of Lexington, will not seek re-election in 2018 ...... Home care bill heads back to Baker with workers still concerned about their own privacy considerations ...... MTF releases look at health care trust funds ...
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INSURE MARKET INSTABILITY LOOMS AS THREAT, BAKER SAYS IN LETTER

By Michael P. Norton

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 19, 2017...After the U.S. House narrowly passed legislation he describes as a "significant threat" to Massachusetts from a fiscal and coverage standpoint, Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday wrote to three U.S. Senate committees to urge them to stabilize insurance markets as they consider health care reform and avoid shifting Medicaid costs to the states.

The House bill, Baker wrote in his latest letter, would result in the loss of coverage for "thousands" of people in Massachusetts and state government would lose $1 billion in federal revenue supports beginning in 2020. "I urge the Senate not to pass any bill that threatens the loss of existing health care coverage or makes it more unaffordable for Americans," Baker wrote.


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