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Mass. making progress in containing health costs

Hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies appear to be making headway in holding down the price of medical care, but during state hearings Tuesday, health leaders said they see signs of a potential backslide that could again cause costs to rise steeply.

They made their comments during the first day of closely watched testimony on whether providers and health plans are complying with a new state law that limits how fast health care costs can grow. The law sets a target for medical spending to climb no faster than the state economy overall, about 3.6 percent this year.

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