Patrick Signs Health Care Cost Containment Bill

August 6, 2012 12:00 AM
Patrick Signs Health Care Cost Containment Bill

" BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday signed into law a bill he said should provide a model for a nation trying to stem the spiraling cost of health care.

The Democrat was joined by lawmakers, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and health care advocates as he signed the bill at a Statehouse ceremony.

Patrick praised the state’s recent efforts to expand access to health coverage, adding that the new law will build off of the 2006 landmark health care law signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney that became the model for the federal law signed in 2010 by President Barack Obama.

Patrick said the new law will mark the “next big step forward” in the state’s health care system and represents the link between improved care and lower costs. Massachusetts already has the highest percent of insured residents of any state in the country at about 98 percent, according to the administration.

“Massachusetts has been a model for the nation for access to health care,” Patrick said before signing the bill "

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