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Health costs in Mass. are heading upward

Threaten state’s cap on rate of increase; mergers, changes in care alter picture

After several years of moderating costs, there are signs the rate of increase in Massachusetts health care prices — and insurance premiums — may soon start accelerating again, exceeding a heralded cost cap set by the state last year.

Three factors are threatening to push residents’ annual health care costs up faster than the state’s overall rate of economic growth:

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