Massachusetts Seeks Advice on Reining in Health Costs

BOSTON (AP) — More than a dozen Massachusetts lawmakers and other state officials are headed to Minnesota to learn about that state’s approach to controlling health care costs.

Total health care expenditures exceeded $57 billion in Massachusetts in 2015, a 4.1 percent increase over the previous year.

Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, a Worcester Democrat, acknowledged that a major cost containment law passed by the Legislature in 2012 has yet to bear fruit, and new approaches may be needed.

The delegation leaves Wednesday for Minnesota, which was chosen as the first state to visit because of success it has shown in controlling costs through managed care and alternative payment models.

Lawmakers say the trip is funded by the Millbank Memorial Fund, a nonprofit group that that works with health care policy makers.

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