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Baker budget proposal seeks to return to pre-ACA health care options

Jan 25 2017

By Lauren Dezenski, Politico

“I think returning to the Massachusetts model would certainly be helpful for the commonwealth,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the right-leaning Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, adding, “I don’t envy the administration ... it is a particularly trying time in health care.”
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Gov. Charlie Baker defends proposed $2,000-per-worker health insurance fee

Jan 25 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the focus on health care costs "is very necessary and long overdue." But McAnneny said she has reservations about the employer assessment. "Having a $300 million new assessment on employers is a big amount by any measure," McAnneny said. McAnneny said the problem is with the ACA for letting someone who is offered employer-based coverage take MassHealth. "Essentially, employers are being held accountable for decisions made at a federal level," McAnneny said.
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Agency that spends $2b a year wants to cap payments to hospitals

Jan 24 2017

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a member of the GIC board, acknowledged she has some reservations about setting rates. But current efforts to control costs, including a 2012 state law, have not been enough, she said. “We are trying to think longer term,” she said. “The caps will begin to address the provider price variation as somewhat of a blunt instrument. “I do think five years after Massachusetts enacted reforms targeting health care cost containment, we haven’t made significant progress.”
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Tough Reception For Baker In Bid To Control Health Care Costs

Jan 18 2017

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the grand bargain was to start by making sure virtually all residents had health insurance, and then "address affordability. And 11 years later, we haven’t really made any meaningful progress on the affordability front."
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Social Darwinism for the mentally ill

Jul 10 2016

By Dante Ramos, The Boston Globe

According to the business-funded Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, 54 percent of the state budget consisted of nondiscretionary items in fiscal 2008; in 2017, it’ll be about 61 percent. The cost of public employee pensions and debt service have risen. By far the biggest increase has been in MassHealth — a result of an entirely warranted effort to expand access to basic insurance coverage, but also of the state’s high health care costs overall.
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More Mass. residents have health care coverage; costs remain a challenge

Apr 12 2016

By Lisa Eckelberger, The Worcester Telegram

Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 calculates MassHealth spending at $15.47 billion, or 5 percent more than the current fiscal year, according to an analysis this week by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. After federal reimbursements, the group said, the proposed budget would boost state spending on MassHealth by about $275.7 million.
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$15 billion - What Massachusetts needs to pay retiree insurance benefits for 30 years, but doesn't have

Apr 24 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"Each year we delay action on this, the problem gets bigger and more unwieldy," said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the business-oriented Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which has studied the impact of retiree benefits on state and local governments.
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Massachusetts state employees protest proposed health insurance changes

Mar 5 2015

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-oriented fiscal policy group, said the increase in premium co-pays to 25 percent is not unreasonable compared to private sector health plans. "Employees are being asked to pay more, but what they're asked to pay is in line with the private sector," McAnneny said.
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Charlie Baker prescribes cuts to MassHealth

Mar 5 2015

By Matt Stout, The Boston Herald

“If we’re trying to close the structural deficit over time, it’s something we’re going to have to focus on,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “and I would say not just MassHealth but health care in general.”
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Norwood budgets to tackle growing OPEB deficit

Jan 12 2015

By Gary Tuoti, Norwood Transcript

“I think the long-term issue is one of most significant facing municipalities in Massachusetts,” said Carolyn Ryan, assistant director of policy and research for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “It’s something where these costs are going to continue to build over time and are going to erode resources available for other important services. The longer you take to address them, the bigger the problem can become.”
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