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Health care sticker shock

Health care sticker shock

What you see is not what you pay

I HAD A minor stroke in April. Then I saw the bill and nearly had a heart attack. For a trip to the emergency room, admission to the hospital for about a 36-hour stay, multiple imaging studies of my brain and nervous system, and a couple follow-up visits with my primary care physician and a(...)

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Luck’s run out

Luck’s run out

Lottery game fills states’ coffers but reaps few winners

WHEN THE SIX New England state lotteries started the Lucky for Life game, with the grand prize of $1,000 a day for the rest of your life, good fortune didn’t exactly fill  government coffers. In the first four months, five people picked the right combination to win the jackpot, which is a minimum of $7.2 million(...)

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Kennedy fights federal data breach law

Kennedy fights federal data breach law

Says proposal not as strong as many states' regulations

AFTER HACKERS STOLE data from Target, Home Depot, and other companies in recent years, President Obama called on Congress to enact legislation setting a national standard governing what companies must do if their networks are breached. Both Republicans and Democrats in the capital want to do something to improve cybersecurity, but getting to a final product(...)

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Push on for changes in Public Records Law

Push on for changes in Public Records Law

Some call for Legislature, judiciary to be covered

FOR THE FIRST TIME in a long time, momentum seems to be building for making changes in the state’s Swiss-cheese Public Records Law. Attorney General Maura Healey, a newcomer on Beacon Hill, says she intends to break with the practice of her predecessors and work closely with Secretary of State William Galvin to enforce the(...)

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Rosenberg opens things up

Rosenberg opens things up

WHEN STAN ROSENBERG took the reins as the Massachusetts Senate President in January, he vowed to bring a new era of shared decision-making, openness, and transparency to the 40-member body. That’s hardly been the standard agenda of leaders on Beacon Hill, where closed-door dealings and a tight grip on power in the top office of(...)

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