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For Baker, mum’s the word on allegations against son

For Baker, mum’s the word on allegations against son

Governor refuses to divulge whether feds have closed sexual assault case

FOR CHARLIE BAKER, it’s all about keeping your head down. Riding a huge lead in polls, the state’s famously moderate governor is doing all he can to get through Election Day with feel-good ads and by avoiding any hot-button issue that might anger voters who lean either a bit to the right or left as(...)

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Cash may net lower price for some drugs

Cash may net lower price for some drugs

Overpayments common using insurance for top generics

MASSACHUSETTS CONSUMERS may be spending too much for popular generic prescription drugs if they use their insurance instead of paying with cash, according to research released on Wednesday by the Health Policy Commission. The commission analyzed 1.15 million insurance claims for 10 generic prescription drugs and found that the difference between using insurance (copays, co-insurance,(...)

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Health panel ventures into political arena

Health panel ventures into political arena

Altman: We’re providing information, not telling people how to vote

TOP OFFICIALS AT THE HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION privately began debating this summer whether it made sense for the watchdog agency to wade into the political arena and analyze the potential impact of a ballot question mandating nurse staffing ratios at the state’s hospitals. Stuart Altman, the chairman of the commission, said the agency didn’t take(...)

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Home is where the house is

Home is where the house is

Housing crunch in Boston spreads need around to other cities

THERE IS A housing crunch in and around Boston. The city’s population is growing at a near-record pace and jobs are coming to the area with the potential for thousands more, if Amazon ever makes up its mind about its new headquarters. The cost of living in town is a deterrent to many young folks with(...)

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Health commission report: Big cost increases from nurse ballot question

Health commission report: Big cost increases from nurse ballot question

Analysis supports hospital arguments that measure would drive up health care costs

A BALLOT QUESTION mandating nurse staffing levels in hospitals and other health care settings would increase health care costs in Massachusetts by $676 million to $949 million, according to an analysis released Wednesday by the state Health Policy Commission. The report estimated that 2,286 to 3,101 new nurses would have to be hired under the(...)

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DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations

DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations

Utility says it is confident in overall approach to safety

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES found 29 instances in which National Grid may have violated federal gas pipeline safety regulations since early July and regulators said further investigation or other action may be necessary. The alleged violations include things like a manhole left open overnight to vent a gas leak in(...)

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Can we make the (bad) BI-Lahey merger work?

Can we make the (bad) BI-Lahey merger work?

If conditions are the way to go, here are my suggestions

THE RIVETING FORD-KAVANAUGH hearing before the US Senate Judiciary Committee garnered most of the public’s attention last Thursday, but a separate gathering of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission raised important issues that could dramatically affect the local health care market. In response to the 80-page rebuttal by the merging parties to the Health Policy Commission’s(...)

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Obama endorses six candidates in MA

Obama endorses six candidates in MA

Backs 260 Democrats in 29 states

FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA waded into political races across the country on Monday, endorsing 260 Democratic candidates in 29 states, including six in Massachusetts. Obama made a series of endorsements in August, but none of those was in Massachusetts. This time he backed Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey for governor and lieutenant governor, Ayanna Pressley(...)

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