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MASS. HEALTH CARE SPENDING HITS $59 BIL, BUT GROWTH RATE SLOWS

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 13, 2017...Total health care spending in Massachusetts rose 2.8 percent to $59 billion in 2016, growing at a slower pace than the previous two years, according to a report released Wednesday.

The Center for Health Information and Analysis' (CHIA) annual report on the performance of the Massachusetts health care system found overall spending increased more moderately than the 4.8 percent growth in 2015 and 4.2 percent in 2014. The growth rate comes in below a state benchmark of 3.6 percent, established under a 2012 law intended to control rising health care costs.

The findings come as Gov. Charlie Baker and lawmakers are seeking ways to rein in spending at MassHealth that's preventing other types of state investments.


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