BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts House and Senate negotiators have released the final version of a bill that aims to save up to $200 billion in health care costs over the next 15 years.
The bill rejects a proposed "luxury tax" for hospitals that charge more than 20 percent above the state median price for a service, but includes $135 million in grants to help community hospitals create new electronic medical records systems.
Another goal of the bill is to allow residents better access to their medical records and cut down on unnecessary testing.
Sen. Richard Moore, an Uxbridge Democrat, said another of the bill's aims is to set a cost growth goal close to the state's rate of inflation.
The 342-page bill is expected to be voted on Tuesday, the final day of the Legislature's formal session.