Ms. Bebinger explains: "In order to keep the rates from going up even higher, we will see higher deductibles: $1,000 had been the accepted rate in Massachusetts, but it could go up to $1,500 or $2,000. We’re going to see higher co-pays, we’re going to see tiering for doctors and hospitals; you know the way we pay different co-pays for prescription drugs now, you’ll see that for doctors and hospitals as well, based on their rating."
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This program aired on October 5, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.