Attorney General Martha Coakley circulating plan to control health care costs
Seeks to limit provider prices
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office is quietly circulating a proposal to more tightly regulate hospitals and doctors and the prices they are paid. Coakley’s staff has drafted legislation and briefed providers, business leaders, key legislators, and the governor’s office on the plan. Providers and insurers would have to provide detailed price information to patients before they undergo a test or treatment, and the state would have new authority to limit the prices and market power of providers under the plan.