Baker, Legislative Leaders, Unveil Health Care Pricing Plan

State House - 2BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and top legislative Democrats have unveiled a plan they hope will avoid a battle over a health care pricing ballot question.

The bill unveiled Wednesday includes a new $45 million Community Hospital Reinvestment Trust Fund.

The Campaign for Fair Care, which is pushing the ballot question, calls the bill the “first substantive step toward leveling the state’s health care playing field.”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo says the plan could avert a “costly and divisive ballot initiative.”

Backers of the ballot question say it aims to remedy the state’s hospital pricing system, which they say unfairly provides excessive payments to a few wealthy academic medical centers while driving down wages and increasing costs at community hospitals.

The proposal must be approved by lawmakers and signed by Baker.

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