Mixed Results From State's Attempts To Contain Health Care Costs

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Massachusetts is producing mixed results as it tests a new way to contain the cost of health care.

The $61.1 billion spent last year was just a 1.6 percent increase, well below a state imposed benchmark. But health insurance premiums rose at two to four times that rate, and the total we shelled out for deductibles, co-pays and other out of pocket expenses rose faster too: at almost six percent.

The findings were presented yesterday to the state's Health Policy Commission. Director David Seltz joined Morning Edition to help explain what's going on, and what's next.

This segment aired on September 13, 2018.

Deborah Becker Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.



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