Massachusetts Legislature

Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Warns of price hikes, say cost penalties not broad enough

InsuSTATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEVERAL LARGE HEALTH INSURERS are sounding the alarm on the eve of Senate debate on a health care bill that seeks to shrink the gap between rates paid to the most expensive hospitals and lower-paid providers, warning that without changes the bill would drive up costs for consumers. The insurers, including(...)

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Take the chains off nurse practitioners

Take the chains off nurse practitioners

Give them ability to practice to their full potential

HISTORICALLY, MASSACHUSETTS HAS BEEN a leader in healthcare reform. However, antiquated, restrictive laws and licensing requirements leave Massachusetts among only 13 states in the country – and the only state in New England – that does not currently allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Limitations to nurse(...)

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Pot board wants $5 million more

Pot board wants $5 million more

‘No fluff’ budget for FY18 is $7.5 million, lower than projected

THE STATE’S CANNABIS Control Commission has asked lawmakers for another $5.2 million for the remainder of the fiscal year on top of the $2.3 million that was already set aside to get the regulatory structure for legal marijuana up and running in time for the launch target of July 1 for retail pot shops to(...)

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House pushes narrower criminal justice legislation

House pushes narrower criminal justice legislation

Ex-SJC chief Ireland hails 'reform bill for real world'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE plans to consider substantial changes to the way justice is delivered, with a powerful committee polling members Monday on legislation to repeal certain mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, grant people additional opportunities to clear their records, and crack down on chronic drunk drivers. The House plans to(...)

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House, Senate end bickering, sign budget deal

House, Senate end bickering, sign budget deal

Bill bans bump stocks, provides $3m for gang initiative

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DEVICES KNOWN AS BUMP STOCKS that were used in the Las Vegas shooting a month ago to turn ordinary rifles into automatic weapons would be banned in Massachusetts under a bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk on Thursday after weeks of bickering between the House and Senate. The(...)

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Commission backs sticking with one type of ‘time’

Commission backs sticking with one type of ‘time’

But says no change should be made unless most NE states go along

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS WILL FALL BACK this weekend after all and will likely continue to adjust their clocks twice a year for the foreseeable future. A legislative commission studying whether the Bay State should shift permanently to Atlantic Standard Time — essentially the time zone that Massachusetts observes between March and November(...)

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Top Baker aide offers sex offender fixes

Top Baker aide offers sex offender fixes

Public safety chief says board did not 'lose' 1,769 offenders

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN RESPONSE TO A CRITICAL AUDIT, the state’s top public safety official on Tuesday outlined changes that could be made at the agency tasked with monitoring sex offenders, including the fingerprinting of Level 1 offenders. Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett testified at an oversight hearing called after a state(...)

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Partners hospitals decry ‘legislative attack’

Partners hospitals decry ‘legislative attack’

Community hospitals applaud bill as a lifeline

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Plans to tackle hospital pricing are emerging as a flashpoint in the Senate’s health care reform bill, with the head of Massachusetts General Hospital decrying an unfair attack while community hospital heads cheered them as a potential lifeline. The 100-page bill, rolled out last week by a working group helmed by(...)

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Alzheimer’s a growing public health crisis

Alzheimer’s a growing public health crisis

Longer lifespans mean higher rates of disease, often undiagnosed

STATE SEN. BARBARA L’ITALIEN‘s mother, Claire, lived with her and her family for 20 years near the end of her life. Claire helped raise Barbara’s four children, enabled Barbara to run her first campaign, and was a great source of support and love for the family. When Claire was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, from which(...)

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