Massachusetts and Maryland: A study in health price contrasts

Maryland and Massachusetts: an exercise in opposites. Maryland has consistently had the lowest increase in health costs, while Massachusetts has consistently, well, not. Why is that? Here’s a government spreadsheet showing the size of average deductibles. VT $1,570, CT $1,331, NY $908 TX $1,374, ME $1,408 MD $787, with Maryland hanging around North Dakota. Meanwhile, […]

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts: Cost-cutting strategies aren’t working

Massachusetts has been in the forefront of health reform. So it was dispiriting to learn in a Massachusetts health reform report issued June 22 that the state’s test of one of the most-hoped-for reforms changes has failed to cut costs. In fact, most of the news in the report was relatively gloomy: it suggested that […]