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  • 2018 Benchmark

    HPC Establishes 2018 Benchmark

    Health Policy Commission Board votes unanimously to establish the 2018 health care cost growth benchmark at 3.1%.

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  • Special HPC Event

    Special HPC Event

    The HPC hosts a special event to release new findings and discuss consumer preferences, hospital choices, and demand-side incentives.  

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  • Special Commission on Provider Price Variation Report

    Special Commission on Provider Price Variation Report

    Final report from the Special Commission, charged with identifying acceptable and unacceptable factors contributing to provider price variation.

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  • HPC Hosts Hearing on 2018 Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark

    Hearing on Potential Modification of 2018 Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark

    HPC held a hearing on March 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM to discuss the potential modification of the 2018 health care cost growth benchmark.

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  • HPC Releases 2016 Cost Trends Report

    2016 Cost Trends Report Released

    This report examines health care spending in Massachusetts and makes strong policy recommendations to address the rising cost of health care

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Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark

More than ten years ago, the Massachusetts state legislature enacted Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006, a law designed to provide near universal health insurance coverage for state residents. Today, over 400,000 additional Massachusetts residents have health insurance coverage, giving Massachusetts the highest rate of insurance coverage in the nation.

Following the passage of Chapter 58, health care policy efforts in Massachusetts focused on enhancing the transparency of the state’s health care system and identifying health care cost drivers. While Massachusetts is a national leader in innovative and high-quality health care, it is also among the states with the highest health care spending. The rapid rate of growth in health care spending has contributed to a crowding-out effect for households, businesses, and government, reducing resources available to spend on other priorities.

Given these trends, the state enacted Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012 with the ambitious goal of bringing health care spending growth in line with growth in the state’s overall economy by establishing the health care cost growth benchmark, a statewide target for the rate of growth of total health care expenditures.

Learn more about the Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark.