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Mass. governor confronts Medicaid cost spiral

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The Massachusetts State House.

Companies in Massachusetts that don’t offer their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 annual assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan that Gov. Charles Baker will offer to address rising enrollment-driven costs in the state’s Medicaid program.

The proposal would also impose growth caps on the rates that providers can charge for medical services. It’s part of a bid to control the cost of care in the commercial market and make it more affordable for employers, the State House News Service reported.

Among the other proposed changes are a moratorium on new coverage mandates and ending vision and non-emergency transportation benefits – excluding those involving mental-health and substance-abuse disorders – for members of MassHealth CarePlus program, which covers those who became eligible for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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