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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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