Massachusetts' Plans to Control Health Care Costs

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<p>The law recently enacted in Massachusetts to contain health care costs is the subject of a <a href="/publications/journal-article/2012/aug/tackling-rising-health-care-costs-massachusetts">new commentary</a> in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em> by Harvard University’s John Ayanian, M.D., and Philip J. Van der Wees, Ph.D., a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. </p><p>The law represents the second phase of Massachusetts’ ambitious health reform initiative, which has reduced the number of uninsured residents in the state from 10.9 percent in 2006 to 6.3 percent in 2010. The new cost-control measure, which was signed into law on August 6, is projected by some to save up to $200 billion in health care spending over the next 15 years. Authors Ayanian and Van der Wees discuss the key components of the legislation and highlight the unique advantages that should enable Massachusetts to capture substantial cost savings in its health care system. <a href="/publications/journal-article/2012/aug/tackling-rising-health-care-costs-massachusetts">Read more</a>. </p>