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Merging Beth Israel, Lahey would sharply drive up health care costs, watchdog says

A state watchdog agency on Wednesday delivered a setback to the proposed union of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health, warning that their sprawling merger could sharply raise health care costs statewide.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

AG Healey approves hospital mega-merger, with price cap, conditions

Although regulators plan to keep a watchful eye, the path was cleared Thursday at the state and federal levels for a mega-merger that would create the Beth Israel Lahey Health System, which will represent the state's second-largest care network, behind Partners HealthCare.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

State, federal regulators sign off on Beth Israel-Lahey merger

Nearly two years after proposing the deal, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health received final clearance to merge, striking a compromise with regulators who worried that the new health care giant would raise prices and impede access to care for low-income patients.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Coalition Argues Drug Payment Caps Are Best Solution To Excessive Prices

The latest plan to control rising drug prices in Massachusetts is also the most controversial. It would set so-called upper payment limits on drugs that state regulators deem unreasonably expensive.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Hundreds attend interfaith gathering to work for justice, save health care law

Hundreds of people from about 50 faith-based organizations filled a Jamaica Plain church Thursday night to renew a call for equality and justice at a time of uncertainty under President Donald Trump.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Groups urge Baker to oppose possible Medicaid cuts

More than two dozen groups representing Massachusetts hospitals, nonprofits, labor unions, and other organizations are urging Governor Charlie Baker to oppose any federal policy changes that could threaten Medicaid coverage for thousands of poor and disabled people across the state.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Baker, Walsh among officials pledging to work for social justice

Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and other elected officials pledged during a forum in Boston on Tuesday night to fight for affordable health care, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and public education in the Commonwealth.

The governor and mayor were joined by Attorney General Maura Healey and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The four made their pledges before more than 1,800 people who packed the historic Trinity Church in Copley Square for the event, hosted by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mortality Drop Seen to Follow ’06 Health Law

"The death rate in Massachusetts dropped significantly after it adopted mandatory health care coverage in 2006, a study released Monday found, offering evidence that the country’s first experiment with universal coverage — and the model for crucial parts of President Obama’s health care law — has saved lives, health economists say."

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Massachusetts Exceptionalism -- A Forum on Costs

Sitting in a large meeting room in Temple Israel on the Boston/Brookline border were about 250 members of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

No easy answers for containing health care costs

David Seltz and other health experts spoke about health care affordability at a forum sponsored by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

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