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No easy answers for containing health care costs

The heat keeps getting turned up on Massachusetts hospitals and health insurers as rising health care prices eat deeper into the budgets of working families, small businesses, and governments.

While other states will start insuring more residents this fall under the US health care overhaul, Massachusetts — which expanded health insurance access through its 2006 law — has moved past enrollment to grapple with an even more intractable health care problem: exorbitant costs.

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