Today the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy will begin its series of hearings that will bring together key health care stakeholders – health care providers, insurers, employers, consumers, and experts – in order to surface the factors driving health care costs and to identify solutions that will mitigate growth in health care spending in Massachusetts.
The focus for today’s hearing will be on understanding the depth and urgency of escalating health care costs and what that means for consumers and employers. The hearings will begin at 9:00 a.m. with introductory remarks and statements by various state officials. Findings from the Division’s health care cost trends reports and the Attorney General’s investigation into cost drivers will be presented. Len Nichols, Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University will provide testimony on the implications to the state if no action is taken.
In the afternoon testimony from employer and consumer stakeholders will be given in the form of moderated panel discussions. Panelists will outline the challenges that employers and consumers face today and will cover topics such as consumer cost sharing, access and coordination of care, the small versus large business experience, and the role of employers and consumers in purchasing health care.
The hearing begins at 9 a.m. at the Joseph P. Healey Library University Club, 11th floor, University of Massachusetts Boston. These hearings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to participate in this critical conversation about how the health care community can work together and develop concrete solutions to lower rising health care costs.
A detailed agenda for today’s hearing as well as the names and affiliations of panel participants, moderators and expert witnesses can be found at:
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