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Baker Administration and Legislature Debate Range of Health Care Proposals

Massachusetts policymakers are currently engaged in a robust debate over several proposals aimed at lowering health care costs in the Commonwealth. The House of Representatives rejected a set of MassHealth reforms that the...more

FY18 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Baker Signs FY18 Budget

On Monday, July 17th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY2018 that includes $39.4 billion in spending. This comes ten days after the Legislature approved a state budget with a $40.2 billion bottom line. The Senate...more

Marijuana Legislation Reaches Governor’s Desk for Approval

Surpassing a self-imposed deadline of July 1st to have compromise legislation on Governor Baker’s desk, the Massachusetts House and Senate reached an accord and voted to approve a reconciled recreational marijuana bill on...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft Update and Boston Common Shadows

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this summer affecting employers and developers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers and further regulating shadows cast by new...more

Baker Administration Submits Revised Health Care Proposal to Legislature

On Tuesday June 20, the Baker Administration submitted to the legislature a package of insurance reforms and assessments for inclusion in the FY2018 budget. The proposal represents the most recent plan aimed at curbing rising...more

Massachusetts House and Senate Tackle Marijuana Policy

On June 21st, 2017, after considering 118 amendments, the House passed sweeping legislation (H.3768) by a vote of 126 to 28 refining the laws governing the legalization of adult-use cannabis. The voters approved the adult...more

6/29/2017  /  Ballot Measures , Marijuana , Sales Tax

Massachusetts House and Senate Tackle Marijuana Policy

On June 21st, 2017, after considering 118 amendments, the House passed sweeping legislation (H.3768) by a vote of 126 to 28 refining the laws governing the legalization of adult-use cannabis....more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft and Other Employment Issues

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this session with substantial implications for employers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers, establishing a paid family and medical...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: Final Senate Budget

On May 25, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a $40.84 billion FY2018 budget by a 38-0 roll call vote. Over three days of debate, Senators considered 1,031 amendments to the budget proposed by the Ways and...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Ways and Means Budget

On May 16, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.791 billion FY2018 budget. The budget, which increases spending by 3.3% over FY2017 levels, spends $280 million more than Governor Charlie...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

On April 25, 2017, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.829 billion FY2018 budget by vote of 159-1. Over two days of debate, the House considered 1,210 amendments to pass a final budget that spends...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Employer Updates

As the 2017-2018 legislative session continues to unfold on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts lawmakers are considering several policy proposals that have significant implications for employers across the Commonwealth. The FY2018...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

ML Strategies Alert - FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

House and Senate Leadership and Committee Assignments Announced

Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced this week their leadership teams and committee appointments for the 2017-2018 legislative session. Retaining the core of his leadership team for...more

2017 Health Care Policy Debates Ramp Up in Massachusetts

With the unveiling of Governor Charlie Baker’s FY2018 budget, the commencement of the 2017-2018 legislative session on Beacon Hill, and a new presidential administration underway in Washington D.C., the Massachusetts health...more

Governor Baker Files FY2018 Budget

On Wednesday, January 25th, Governor Charlie Baker announced a $40.508 billion budget for FY2018 that increases state spending by a projected $1.65 billion, or 4.3 percent, over FY2017 levels. The budget proposal, Baker’s...more

Governor Baker Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts, Draws Rebuke from Legislature

On Tuesday, December 6, Governor Charlie Baker, under his Section 9C authority, ordered $98 million in mid-year cuts from the $39.25 billion FY17 state budget. The administration has warned of budget imbalances for months and...more

Behavioral Health: A Growing Interest in the Commonwealth

Massachusetts policy makers are increasing their focus on behavioral health treatment and how this relates to overall state health care spending. This issue was heavily discussed at the Health Policy Commission’s (HPC) annual...more

Recent Developments around Pharmaceutical Drug Spending in Massachusetts

Throughout the fall, policy makers in Massachusetts have sharpened their focus on the rise of pharmaceutical drug prices and their role in the growth of overall health care spending in the Commonwealth. Both the Center for...more

The Health Policy Commission’s Annual Cost Trends Hearings

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission conducted its fourth annual Cost Trends Hearing on October 17 and 18, 2016, under the requirements of Massachusetts’s 2012 health care reform legislation (“Chapter 224”). The hearing...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of...more

Massachusetts State Legislature Takes Action on Major Employment Reform as Legislative Session Ends

In the final weeks before the end of the legislative session, the Massachusetts House and State both addressed major pieces of labor and employment legislation. However, although the legislature passed S.2119, an Act to...more

2015-2016 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

After a mad scramble to take action before their midnight deadline, Massachusetts lawmakers closed the 20152016 legislative session by passing five of the “Big Six” bills on their agenda. Beacon Hill saw a flurry of activity...more

Baker Signs FY17 Budget, Issues Vetoes

Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY17 on Friday, July 8, after vetoing $256 million in spending included in the plan approved by the legislature. The budget, which represents the second annual spending plan signed...more

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