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Dueling letters on $275 million Medicare windfall for Mass. hospitals

A group of state hospital associations from around the country last month asked the Obama administration to take a closer look at a provision of the Affordable Care Act that will land Massachusetts hospitals an extra $275 million or more in yearly Medicare reimbursements. The letter prompted Senator John Kerry and others in the Massachusetts congressional delegation to respond Tuesday, calling claims that the elected officials have manipulated the Medicare budget “completely false.”

Liz Kowalczyk of the Globe reported last summer that an amendment to the Affordable Care Act, introduced by Kerry, would require Medicare to reimburse employee wages at all hospitals in Massachusetts at the same rate it pays for those at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, where wages reflect the high cost of living on the island. The extra money for Massachusetts would mean less for other states.

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