“We have led the nation on health care reform and we are going to do it again on health care cost containment,” said Governor Patrick. “This forum is an opportunity to highlight the various tools government, consumers, insurers and providers can utilize to control costs while ensuring that the people of Massachusetts continue to receive world-class care.”
Several of the proposals to be discussed during the forum include legislation filed by Governor Patrick in January to help cities and towns realize immediate cost savings in their municipal health insurance plans; the Administration's comprehensive health care payment and delivery reform legislation filed in February to control rising health care costs and improve patient care; and the Massachusetts Health Connector's procurement strategy to contain costs by promoting innovation and competition among the state's managed care organizations. In addition, the Group Insurance Commission's efforts to control rate increases and incent employees to move to lower cost plans will be examined.
The forum is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the Gardner Auditorium at the State House. Readers, if you attend and want to share what most strikes you, you're deeply welcome to comment below...
This program aired on April 4, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.