Health Policy Commission Starts to Pick Winners and Losers

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In a feared (put predicted) outcome, the newly formed Health Policy Commission is off to a bad Winners and losersprecedent of picking winners and losers in the healthcare marketplace. Yesterday they adopted final regulations that exclude certain Medicaid Managed Care Organizations from paying a one-time $225 million assessment that is part of Chapter 224.

Putting aside the questions of whether taxing those in the medical field is a good policy to reduce medical spending, I think this move only foreshadows the increase in behind closed door lobbying that takes place when the legislature abdicates its role to a powerful public entity.

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