Katie Lannan

Reporter, State House News Service

Stories by Katie Lannan

Opioid deaths continued to climb in 2016

Opioid deaths continued to climb in 2016

State report projects increase by as much as 24% over 2015

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE DYING from opioid overdoses in Massachusetts each year continues to climb, according to a new state report projecting an estimated increase of between 13 and 24 percent from 2015 to 2016. A total of 1,465 people died of unintentional opioid overdoses in 2016, with another 469 to(...)

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Panel considers hospital price floor

Panel considers hospital price floor

May also let state disallow contracts between insurers, health providers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OFFICIALS EXAMINING VARIATIONS in prices charged by medical providers on Tuesday floated the idea of setting a minimum rate for hospitals at the bottom end of the price spectrum. The potential policy fix surfaced at a meeting of a 23-member commission that has until March 15 to release its report and(...)

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Two longtime reps skip speaker vote

Two longtime reps skip speaker vote

DeLeo antagonists Scaccia, Rogers ask not to be called

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TWO LONGTIME MEMBERS of the House, both with a prickly history with Speaker Robert DeLeo, opted out of voting for DeLeo’s reelection to the post, even asking that their names not be mentioned during the roll call vote. While present for parts of the ceremony, including the swearing-in, Reps. Angelo Scaccia of(...)

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Rosenberg: Legal age for marijuana use should be 25

Rosenberg: Legal age for marijuana use should be 25

"It's not going to be a popular proposal, I'm sure of that"

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG WANTS  his fellow lawmakers to consider raising the age for legal marijuana use to 25, a policy change he expects to be unpopular. Marijuana use, possession and home-growing become legal for adults aged 21 and over on Thursday after the passage of a ballot question in the(...)

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Activists fear criminal justice reform will be limited to probation, parole

Activists fear criminal justice reform will be limited to probation, parole

Worried legislation from Beacon Hill leaders will not address all aspects of the system.

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ENDING MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES FOR drug offenses will be a top priority next year for criminal justice reform advocates, who said they are worried legislation from Beacon Hill leaders will not address all aspects of the system. The Jobs Not Jails coalition rallied Tuesday at a Bowdoin Street church, where SEIU Local(...)

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$1b Children’s Hospital expansion approved

$1b Children’s Hospital expansion approved

Despite health care cost concerns, Baker, Walsh back plan

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE State health officials on Thursday gave Boston Children’s Hospital the green light to move forward with a controversial $1 billion expansion. The Public Health Council voted 10-0 in favor of the expansion, with one abstention. “This is a project about patients. This is a project for the patient,” hospital president and(...)

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Baker dumps more workers at DCR

Baker dumps more workers at DCR

Governor promises management changes at troubled agency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER A DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION official was fired and another resigned, management changes are in the pipeline at the agency whose personnel has recently been at the center of a string of scandals, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. Baker’s office announced Wednesday that DCR personnel officer Jared Valanzola would(...)

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Insurers raise concerns on Children’s

Insurers raise concerns on Children’s

Urge DPH to reconsider backing of hospital expansion

THE MASSACHUSETTS ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH PLANS on Monday urged the Department of Public Health to reconsider its conditional support for a proposed expansion at Boston Children’s Hospital. Lora Pellegrini, the president and CEO of the group that represents 17 health plans, wrote Monday to Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, expressing concerns over the “potential shift(...)

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Baker’s DPH backs Children’s expansion

Baker’s DPH backs Children’s expansion

Support conditional on cost control mechanisms

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH has recommended approval of a $1 billion expansion at Boston Children’s Hospital, a step that moves the controversial project closer to fruition. The expansion includes construction of a new 11-story tower at the hospital’s main Longwood Medical Area and an eight-story ambulatory care center in(...)

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Health panel raises concern on Children’s expansion

Health panel raises concern on Children’s expansion

Says $1b project could increase market share, increase spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE PROPOSED EXPANSIONS at Boston Children’s Hospital carry a likelihood of increased health care spending in Massachusetts and could potentially drive competing providers out of business, according to the state’s Health Policy Commission. In a letter the commission voted Tuesday to submit to the Department of Public Health, chairman Stuart Altman wrote(...)

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