To bring down the price of health insurance, lawmakers should relax some of the mandated coverage items that add to premiums, writes Jon B. Hurst of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. Lawmakers should also put pressure on the state’s bloated hospitals to slim down, and reward individual consumers who stay healthy. And they must act urgently: costs that have skyrocketed an average of 14 percent per year over the last five years are crippling small businesses.
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